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Legal States for Growing Marijuana: Where Can You Cultivate Cannabis?

Marijuana enthusiasts have long voiced their support for legalizing the cultivation of cannabis. Luckily, various states across the country have made it legal for recreational users and medical marijuana patients to grow their favorite strains. While the laws are opening up the door for individuals to grow cannabis at home, there are plenty of rules in place, with each state having its unique set of regulations. Before you start growing, there’s a lot to know!

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Differences in marijuana laws across the United States
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Recreational Growing Laws in Legal States

Just like with medical marijuana, growing recreational marijuana at home is different in each state. Further, individual cities and counties in states where it’s legal can have separate regulations. Before growing, we highly recommend checking out the rules in your local jurisdiction. Residents can grow in these states:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Vermont
  • Washington, D.C.

Who can grow recreational weed in states where it is legal?

Regardless of which state you’re in, you must be older than 21 to grow recreational marijuana. To be eligible, the marijuana must be for personal consumption. You can’t grow weed and then sell it. An eligible person typically has to own the property or residence since many landlords don’t allow renters to engage in cannabis cultivation.

What are the rules for cultivating recreational marijuana?

Similar to medical marijuana, growers are capped at how many plants they can grow at a time. For instance, in Alaska, adult cannabis users can grow up to six plants for their recreational enjoyment. However, only three of them can be mature. When there is more than one adult in the residence, they can grow a maximum of 12 plants. Only half of them can be mature. California allows up to six plants per person, and even with multiple residents in the residence, six plants remain the maximum. In Massachusetts, there is a maximum of 12 plants per residence.

Again, each state dictates where growers can cultivate their marijuana. While some places allow growers to cultivate outside, they have to be out of the public’s view and away from children.

Property Ownership and Growing Cannabis

Besides the laws of your state, where you live and what kind of property you are on can determine whether you can grow marijuana. Even if you own your property, don’t think you’re free and clear because there are some critical things you need to know ahead of time. 

Can you grow cannabis on your private residence or rental property?

By this point, it may not be surprising but whether you can grow cannabis on your private residence or rental property depends on your city or state. In places where marijuana cultivation is legal, a private residence is the preferred choice. That makes the legal situation more straightforward since it’s clear who owns the property and thus who’s responsible for the marijuana growth.

Even at your private residence, you have to ensure you stay within the allowable amount of plants. Additionally, when growing outside, you don’t want to call too much attention to your stash. You’ll also want to check to see if you need a special license to grow your favorite strains.

In the vast majority of cases, you should just stay away from growing marijuana at a rental property. Even if you try to sneak and do it indoors, you could face serious consequences. Many landlords explicitly include in their leases that not only can you not smoke marijuana, but you also can’t grow it. If you are caught, a landlord can evict you. 

marijuana plants growing in a room with lights overhead
Tips and tricks for growing marijuana outdoors
Source: Ryan Lange Unsplash

Recreational Growing Laws in Legal States

Just like with medical marijuana, growing recreational marijuana at home is different in each state. Further, individual cities and counties in states where it’s legal can have separate regulations. Before growing, we highly recommend checking out the rules in your local jurisdiction. Residents can grow in these states:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Vermont
  • Washington, D.C.

Who can grow recreational weed in states where it is legal?

Regardless of which state you’re in, you must be older than 21 to grow recreational marijuana. To be eligible, the marijuana must be for personal consumption. You can’t grow weed and then sell it. An eligible person typically has to own the property or residence since many landlords don’t allow renters to engage in cannabis cultivation.

What are the rules for cultivating recreational marijuana?

Similar to medical marijuana, growers are capped at how many plants they can grow at a time. For instance, in Alaska, adult cannabis users can grow up to six plants for their recreational enjoyment. However, only three of them can be mature. When there is more than one adult in the residence, they can grow a maximum of 12 plants. Only half of them can be mature. California allows up to six plants per person, and even with multiple residents in the residence, six plants remain the maximum. In Massachusetts, there is a maximum of 12 plants per residence.

Again, each state dictates where growers can cultivate their marijuana. While some places allow growers to cultivate outside, they have to be out of the public’s view and away from children.

Property Ownership and Growing Cannabis

Besides the laws of your state, where you live and what kind of property you are on can determine whether you can grow marijuana. Even if you own your property, don’t think you’re free and clear because there are some critical things you need to know ahead of time. 

Can you grow cannabis on your private residence or rental property?

By this point, it may not be surprising but whether you can grow cannabis on your private residence or rental property depends on your city or state. In places where marijuana cultivation is legal, a private residence is the preferred choice. That makes the legal situation more straightforward since it’s clear who owns the property and thus who’s responsible for the marijuana growth.

Even at your private residence, you have to ensure you stay within the allowable amount of plants. Additionally, when growing outside, you don’t want to call too much attention to your stash. You’ll also want to check to see if you need a special license to grow your favorite strains.

In the vast majority of cases, you should just stay away from growing marijuana at a rental property. Even if you try to sneak and do it indoors, you could face serious consequences. Many landlords explicitly include in their leases that not only can you not smoke marijuana, but you also can’t grow it. If you are caught, a landlord can evict you. 

marijuana plant in a white pot against a white wall
Important details about the flowering stage
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Plant Requirements and Guidelines

The law clearly distinguishes between mature and immature plants. In some places, only half of your crop can be mature at one time. But, many growers don’t know the difference between the two types of plants. The simplest way to define mature from immature is whether the plant has flowered. Mature plants have entered the flowering stage with smokable, usable buds that marijuana consumers can enjoy.

While many people think that a mature plant is defined by size, that’s not true since strains widely vary in size. In some cases, marijuana plants reach up to six feet tall. Some strains are huge and can grow more than 20 feet tall. Therefore, don’t look at the size of your plant solely, instead check out its buds.

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