Article by Jill Odom, Total Landscape Care
When you hear “green industry,” you probably think of the current field that you are in and all that pertains to it, but the phrase can also refer to the booming interest in growing marijuana as more states legalize its medicinal and/or recreational use.
While most individuals are happy to go to a marijuana dispensary to get a pick-me-up of pot, there are those who would like to grow their own.
Full disclaimer, marijuana is still considered illegal to both grow and possess in the eyes of the federal government. However, currently there are 29 states that allow the use of medical marijuana and eight that permit recreational weed. The federal government says that if states pass laws to decriminalize cannabis, it can do so as long as there are regulation systems in place.
Each state has its own limitations and conditions as to how much one can possess and whether home cultivation is allowed. Click here to see a map of marijuana legalization.
Even in the states where home cultivation is allowed, individuals are restricted to a certain number of cannabis plants they may grow. Click here to see the possession limits for states. Those interested in growing marijuana in states that allow it should also check with their local government to see if there are additional restrictions.
“Since backyard cannabis cultivation is still quite new, many local governments have not yet adopted an official policy and there is opportunity for well-informed gardeners to help educate their local officials and promote more open, neighborhood-oriented approaches to incorporating cannabis into local gardens and greenhouses,” Cassia Furman, a managing attorney at the national cannabis law firm Vicente Sederberg, told Sunset.