Buy cannabis seeds in Shawinigan, Quebec

About the City of Shawinigan, Quebec

Known as “Shawi” by locals, the city of Shawinigan in the province of Quebec is located on the Saint-Maurice River. Serving as the gateway to La Mauricie National Park, the city’s name is derived from the Algonquin language for “portage on the crest,” which is a reference to the crest of walks that once had to be ascended to portage around the area’s major waterfalls.

Known as being the birthplace of canoe manufacturing, Shawinigan is a mix of both the rustic and the urban providing visitors and residents alike the delightful harmony of being in a place that has both wide open spaces and all the advantages of city life, including great craft beers, restaurants with a charming vintage feel, and even the second-tallest observation tower in all of Quebec at the Cité de l’énergie museum complex.

Like most all of Quebec, French is the dominant language spoken in Shawinigan, with only .09% of its population of over 49,000 reporting English as their mother tongue. Considered to be one of the most budget-friendly cities in the entire province, Shawinigan is an ideal place for those who are seeking a quieter, slower pace of life without breaking the bank. For all that is quite appealing about Shawinigan, perhaps the biggest downside about residing there, is that unlike almost all of Canada’s other provinces and territories, the at-home cultivation of all types of cannabis seeds for recreational purposes is 100% illegal in all of Quebec, and therefore in Shawinigan as well.

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Quebec’s Quirky Cannabis Stance

While Canada’s medical marijuana program, which Health Canada oversees, is and has been under the jurisdiction of the federal government since 2001, every provincial and territorial government is allowed to determine its own recreational marijuana laws as they relate to the minimum age requirement, cultivation, possession, storage, public usage, operation of dispensaries, etc. per Canada’s Cannabis Act, which was passed in 2018.

Although almost all of the nation’s provinces and territories essentially follow almost everything that the Cannabis Act allows, some, like Quebec, are more restrictive. However, unlike in the U.S., even the most “conservative” provinces have not outlawed the purchase and possession of adult-use marijuana, but they do have more restrictions around cannabis that is for non-medicinal purposes. For example, Quebec, and therefore Shawinigan, has the highest age limit in the country of 21+ for the purchase and possession of recreational cannabis. (In contrast, the province of Alberta has it set at 18+.)

As mentioned above, since Canada’s medical marijuana program is governed on the federal level, registered medical marijuana patients in Shawinigan follow Health Canada’s regulations just the same as medical users in Alberta or anywhere else in the country.

Medical and Recreational Cannabis Laws in Shawinigan, Quebec

Since Quebec’s recreational cannabis laws are probably the most conservative in Canada, let’s make sure you know its regulations as they relate to adult-use cannabis. However, let’s first quickly go over some of the most important points of the nation’s medical marijuana laws.

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A listing of some of the potential medical benefits of using cannabis for medicinal purposes
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Canada’s Medical Marijuana Laws

Health Canada’s medical marijuana program does not have an age requirement for obtaining a medical marijuana card. Instead, to obtain a medical card, patients need to be approved by their healthcare provider, who will then determine if they have a qualifying medical condition that will allow them to register with Health Canada.

Provided they have the proper documentation that shows they are authorized to use medical marijuana, patients can possess up to 150 grams, or a 30-day supply, of usable marijuana or cannabis products in public.

In addition, a patient’s registration certificate will indicate if they are allowed to cultivate their own medical plants at home, how many they can grow, where they can grow them, and how much they can store. This also means that registered medical users in Shawinigan can legally germinate and cultivate the feminized cannabis seeds that they purchase from a reputable online seed bank like Growers Choice.

Recreational Marijuana Laws in Shawinigan, Quebec

Those who reside anywhere in Quebec, including in Shawinigan, are subject to the following laws laid forth by the provincial government.

  • You must be 21+ to buy, possess, and use cannabis and its products.
  • Adult users may possess up to 30 grams of cannabis in public, but it is illegal to use cannabis in public, near children, and on a bike or in a car even if you’re a passenger.
  • You can store up to 150 grams of dried marijuana, or its equivalent, per household.
  • Only the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) can operate dispensaries in Shawinigan.
  • It is illegal to cultivate marijuana at home for recreational purposes.

One caveat worth mentioning here is that it is not illegal to buy, own, and engage in the storage of marijuana seeds in Quebec so long as they are ungerminated. This is because the cannabinoids, which include THC, contained in a marijuana plant remain dormant until the ungerminated cannabis seeds are germinated.

Why Shawinigan’s Medical Growers Buy Their Marijuana Seeds From Growers Choice Seeds

While, as stated just above, it is not illegal for those who live in Shawinigan to buy and store ungerminated cannabis seeds, we’ll stick with why medical marijuana patients prefer to buy their favorite landrace and hybrid strains from Growers Choice Seeds.

Not only do we offer an affordable and diverse collection of a wide variety of thousands of marijuana seeds, but our seeds are also backed by our germination guarantee that promises to replace any duds for free if 90% of them fail to germinate. Not only is this one of the highest germination guarantees in the industry, but our only clearly stated condition is that you must follow our simple and pennies-cheap germination method, which we will cover more in the section below. Some other reasons that so many in Shawinigan rely on us for all of their weed seed needs are provided below.

  • Feminized Seeds: We only sell feminized seed strains like Apple Fritter because they have a 99% chance of producing all-female plants. This is also why we don’t sell regular seeds as they will provide both male and female plants. While male plants are critical as pollinators, your everyday grower in Shawinigan only needs and wants bud-producing female cannabis plants.
  • Speedy and Discreet Shipping: The reality is there are plenty of folks in Shawinigan who aren’t medical marijuana cardholders who still order their favorite marijuana seeds from us. So, those who don’t wish to attract any unwanted attention from nosy neighbors or package thieves greatly value our fast delivery times and stealth packaging options.

How to Germinate Cannabis Seeds

While there are numerous ways to germinate marijuana seeds, our favorite way is probably the simplest and cheapest. Provided below are the basics to get you going, or rather, growing.

The Glass and Paper Towel Method

Items needed: a glass of lukewarm water (distilled, rain, or spring water), paper towels, and a plate or tray.

  1. Soak your cannabis seeds for about 14-18 hours in the water.
  2. Next, pour some of the water and all of the seeds onto the paper towels that you’ve placed on the plate or tray–making sure to drain off any excess water.
  3. Fold the now damp (but not soaking) paper towels over your seeds so that they’re completely covered.
  4. Place your tray of wet paper towels and seeds in a warm and dark area and wait for them to germinate!
  5. In the interim, keep your seeds moist by pouring some more water onto the paper towels, but not to the point where your seeds are sitting in pools of water.
  6. Once you see a 1/4-3/4 inch taproot, you can then plant your seeds in soil, etc. (Usually, it takes 3-7 days, but on occasion, it can take 14.)
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In-depth information about ruderalis and a listing of some of our autoflowering strains that contain it
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Feminized Photoperiod Seeds vs. Autoflowering Feminized Seeds

For starters, while all of our autoflowering seeds are feminized, not all of our feminized seeds are autoflowers.

Understandably, this may sound like a head-scratcher of a statement, but it’s actually not that complicated. In short, feminized seeds are photoperiods, which means that they cannot move into their flowering stage without having their light cycle changed, and autoflowering feminized seeds can automatically flip to flower based on their age.

The reason that autoflowers aren’t reliant on light cycles is that they have had ruderalis added to their genetics, which also means that they are generally more resilient, smaller, and faster flowering than their feminized photoperiod counterparts.

As such, while there are definitely several feminized strains like 9 Pound Hammer and Amherst Diesel that are low-maintenance growers, autoflowering strains, such as Cataract Kush, are usually considered to be easier for newbies to cultivate. Plus, the fact that they tend to be more compact makes them especially well-suited for indoor growing, with short and bushy Jager being a great example.

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