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Dear Herb: I bought some legal weed from my local store, and found seeds within the buds. Can I use these as my legal seeds for home cultivation? — Seeds of Hope
Dear Seeds: This is a fascinating question, at least for a cannabis nerd like me.
At this point, you’ve probably read media reports about the dilemma for aspiring home cannabis cultivators in Canada. Even though federal law now permits Canadian adults to grow up to four cannabis plants at home, the law also requires those plants to come from legally-sourced seeds or seedlings.
Right now, no one’s actually selling those starting materials (sales of legal cannabis seeds and clones might start sometime in 2019), so home growers who want to stay within the boundaries of the law are out of luck. You might have just hit the jackpot finding those seeds in your legally purchased cannabis. Let’s review what the Cannabis Act says about cultivation:
“Unless authorized under this Act, it is prohibited for an individual who is 18 years of age or older to cultivate, propagate or harvest, or to offer to cultivate, propagate or harvest,
(a) a cannabis plant that is from a seed or plant material that they know is illicit cannabis; or
(b) more than four cannabis plants at any one time in their dwelling-house.”
The seeds in question were sold to you from a legal, government-regulated source, so I don’t see how they could possibly be illicit. I’m not a lawyer, but it seems to me that you could plant up to four of these seeds at home without violating the law.
There’s a botanical catch, though.
The highest-quality, most potent cannabis bud comes from unfertilized female cannabis plants. That’s why cannabis seeds sold for home cultivation are typically “feminized,” meaning they’re guaranteed to be females when they grow up.