Grow your own: Gardeners can now add marijuana to their plots at home
Bay Staters are still waiting for finalized regulations for the sale of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts, but the rules around adult recreational use were established a year ago.
After voters approved Question 4 on the 2016 ballot, lawmakers passed the “Regulation of the Use and Distribution of Marijuana not Medically Prescribed” law that legalized personal use and possession of up to one ounce of cannabis for adults. That law also legalizes growing marijuana plants at home for personal use for those 21 years or older.
The number of plants allowed, however, is limited to six per person, but no more than 12 plants are allowed on the premises at a given time. Keep in mind, though, that possessing or cultivating cannabis is still a federal crime.
For gardeners who want to give growing marijuana a try, there are a few gardening stores that can provide supplies and guidance.
First, an obstacle
It may seem odd to be talking about gardening given the snow on the ground, but cannabis seeds need to be started indoors in February if they are to be planted outside in the spring. Unfortunately, getting the seeds is tricky. Mike Cutler is a Northampton attorney at EvansCutler Attorneys who served on the drafting committee for Question 4 in 2016. He says that adults can share up to one ounce of recreational cannabis, even seeds, but there is no legal way to sell seeds for recreational purposes in Massachusetts yet. And, he says, federal law makes it illegal to import seeds from another state or country. So, basically, the best option is to phone a friend until the Cannabis Control Commission finalizes commercial recreational regulations.
Hilltown Growers Supply, a garden supply store that opened in Shelburne Falls in November, sells all of the supplies needed to start those