One of the more interesting aspects of Canada’s Cannabis Act is that the new law would allow people to grow their own cannabis plants. Each household would be permitted to grow up to four marijuana plants and they would be allowed to process these into products for their personal use.
If you are planning to grow your own marijuana plants at home, here are the things that you should know. We have taken the most frequently asked questions about what is allowed under the Cannabis Act when it comes to growing marijuana at home.
Would I be able to get all the necessary materials to start growing marijuana?
When the Cannabis Act takes effect, you would be able to buy your seeds from an authorized retailers in your province or territory. You might be able to order online from a federally licensed producer if there are no authorized sellers in your area.
Would I be allowed to grow outdoors?
The Cannabis Act allows you to grow up to four plants anywhere on your property. This means that you can grow it inside or outside in your yard. However, provinces, municipalities and territories might have their own regulations, so you would have to check local laws to be sure.
There are four people in our household, and we all use medical marijuana. Would we be able to grow 16 plants?
The permit to grow four plants is on a per household basis. It does not matter if you have two or twenty people in the house, you can only grow four plants.
Are there height restrictions? How tall should my cannabis plant be?
There are currently no height restrictions under the rules of the Cannabis Law. There used to be a height restriction for marijuana plants grown at home, but it was removed by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health. However, provinces, municipalities and territories might be able to come up with their own restrictions, including plant height.
Will the provinces, territories and municipalities prohibit people from growing their own marijuana plants?
Yes. While the federal law allows for four plants grown at home, your local authorities might be able to restrict that number down to three or even prohibit home growing altogether.
Can I transfer my right to cultivate four plants to another person?
No. If you want to grow marijuana for your personal use, you should grow it yourself. However, if you have a medical marijuana prescription and are unable to cultivate marijuana themselves, you can designate another person to grow it for you.
I understand that allowing people to personally grow marijuana plants in their own homes is a way to make sure that people would have access to legal cannabis. Would I be able to continue growing my own marijuana plants once the territories, provinces and municipalities have authorized retailers in place?
Yes. Making it legal to grow your own marijuana plants is a permanent measure. This ensures that your investments into growing your own plants for personal use would not go to waste. There would be instances, however, when your local authorities might make it illegal.
Can I process the cannabis that I grow into edibles or CBD oils?
Yes. Home growers can process the marijuana that they grow into the products that they use. You can dry the leaves, create edibles, and even add thinners and solvents to make CBD oil. There are some restrictions that would ensure safe processing of your own marijuana, such as prohibiting the use of dangerous and toxic solvents. Further, the marijuana that you process should be for your personal use only.