Marijuana seeds are classified as cannabis products just like CBD oil, edibles, serums, and the rest. Their legality is dictated by the state in which you live. If you live in a state where they are legalized for adult use, it is also legal for you to buy, produce, and sell them there, but they can’t cross state lines. If you live in a state that legalizes medical marijuana, buying seeds is legal only if you have a medical card. Some seed banks outside the US sell seeds strictly for “souvenir purposes,” but it these seeds cannot be brought into the US, or else customs will take them.
How and Where Marijuana Seeds Can Be Purchased
Several world-renowned seed banks are found in the Netherlands, Spain and other countries in which cannabis laws are less restrictive. Seed banks sell seeds supplied by various breeders. In a state where adult-use is totally legal, seeds may be purchased from dispensaries and from vendor websites.
Purchasing Cannabis Seeds Online
Before ordering seeds online, you have to know what strain you want and what breeder you want to buy from. Since US federal law still prohibits marijuana, it can be difficult to find seed banks and breeders. But you can start with breeders who have a long history and an untarnished reputation. Or try searching for grow journals that detail the entire process breeders follow when growing a certain strain.
Buying from a Dispensary
This option is the most straightforward of all, but it is only available states that have legalized adult use as well as medical use of cannabis. On the other hand, when buying from a state dispensary, your choices will be rather limited. The staff will often be able to give you information on what they’re selling, but remember that dispensaries usually only sell flower and end-products. In other words, make sure to call them before visiting.
How to Know If You’re Getting Good Seeds
Breeders usually mention “unstable genetics,” which simply means a seed’s origin is unknown. Ensure that upon buying a packet of seeds, the breeder who produced them can tell you where the seeds were sourced, as well as how they were crossed and/or backcrossed. It’s important to know the seeds’ history so you know they aren’t a product of bad breeding processes.
An inexperienced breeder may cross a male and a female once and market the resulting seeds as a new hybrid strain, but pros often backcross their seeds multiple times to stabilize the genetics and make sure that the plants will consistently reflect such genetics.