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Dear Herb: I’m in the process of growing cannabis in Alberta. We are allowed four plants per household.
I’ve heard some provinces only consider cannabis plants to be (legal) cannabis plants during the budding stage of growth.
This would allow growers to clone strains/genetics they like and rotate new healthy vegetative plants into budding once they’ve harvested their four budded plants. This speeds up yield times. More importantly, it lets growers grow four different strains they like, and use cloning to keep the genetics going and allow the harvest of four different strains every time without having to restart from seeds.
Nowhere online can I find a definitive answer on Alberta’s take on this.
My question is: In Alberta, can I clone as many plants as I want as long as I have no more than four plants budding at a time? — Looking for a Loophole
Dear Looking: I’ve received a few variations on this question since legalization.
Unfortunately for you and other home cannabis cultivators, it’s not true that some provinces only consider cannabis plants to be cannabis plants during the budding stage of growth.
The vast majority of the rules surrounding non-medical home cannabis cultivation are laid out in federal law, not provincial law. It’s federal law that defines when a cannabis plant is considered a cannabis plant in any context — including home cultivation — and that definition remains the same across all legal jurisdictions in Canada.
Under the Cannabis Act, a cannabis plant is defined quite simply as a plant that belongs to the genus Cannabis. Nothing in the federal law or its associated regulations states that a cannabis plant doesn’t count as a cannabis plant if it’s not yet budding.