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Where is it Legal to Grow Weed at Home in the US in 2020?

Growing marijuana at home (so-called “home grows”) is illegal under US federal law. However, according to the U.S. Sentencing Commission and the FBI 99% of marijuana arrests are made under state law, rather than federal law. Furthermore, states aren’t required to enforce federal law. As a result, in most (though not all) situations, state laws effectively determine whether marijuana growers face criminal risk for their home grows. And, state laws vary dramatically.

You can group states into essentially three groups, based on their cultivation laws:

  • States where growing pot for recreational and medicinal use is illegal;
  • States where you can grow pot for medicinal use
  • States where you can grow pot for recreational use

States that allow recreational cultivation typically have restrictions on the number of plants that adults are able to grow. Many of these states loosen these restrictions for registered patients growing for medicinal use.

It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Alabama.

Adults aged 21 and older can legally grow marijuana at home. The grower does not have to register with the authorities. One person can grow up to 6 marijuana plants, although only 3 of the 6 plants can be mature and flowering at any one time.

If there are at least two 21-year-old adults in the same household, that household can grow up to 12 plants at the same time. However, the limit does not increase if there are more than 2 adults in the household.

A qualifying patient or the qualifying patient’s designated caregiver who has been approved by the Arizona Department of Health Services may cultivate medical marijuana, so long as the qualifying patient resides more than 25 miles from the closest dispensary.

Any individual who cultivates medical marijuana must do so in a surrounded and protected area. The individual can grow up to 12 plants.

There is no higher limit if there are more than 2 qualifying patients who reside in the same household.

It is not legal to grow Marijuana at home in Arkansas.

Anyone who is above the age of 21 can grow marijuana. Each residence is allowed to grow 6 plants, no matter how many adults reside there.

There is a difference in what Prop 215 and SB240 says about growing marijuana by a medical card holder. The former states that a medical card holder can grow as much as needed, and the latter states that only 6 mature plants or 12 immature plants can be grown.

Adults over the age of 21 can grow marijuana. The individual can raise up to 6 plants with 3 plants flowering at once. A house with multiple qualifying adults can grow up to a maximum of 12 plants.

Connecticut

It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Connecticut. There is no producer’s license for medical marijuana in Connecticut.

It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Delaware.

It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Florida.

It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Georgia.

It is legal for registered patients and registered caregivers to grow marijuana for medicinal purposes in Hawaii. However, growers must register with the state government, and they can grow a maximum of 10 plants

It is not legal to grow marijuana in Idaho.

While it is illegal to use marijuana for recreational purpose in Illinois, the use of medical marijuana is allowed. However, it must be procured from a dispensary. Only companies have access to the medical marijuana cultivator license, making it illegal for individuals to grow marijuana for any purpose.

It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Indiana.

It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Iowa.

It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Kansas.

It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Kentucky.

While recreational marijuana remains outlawed, medicinal use is allowed. It is not legal to grow marijuana in Louisiana. The only legal growers in the state are the agriculture centers at Louisiana State University and Southern University.

Only adults who are above the age of 21 can grow marijuana. In each residence, a maximum of 6 mature plants and 12 immature plants can be cultivated

It is not legal to grow marijuana in Maryland. It is only allowed for medicinal use, and it must be purchased from state-licensed dispensaries.

Massachusetts

Only adults who are above the age of 21 can grow marijuana. In each home, up to 6 plants can be grown. If there are more than 2 adults, 12 plants can be grown

Adults who are older than 21 can grow up to 12 marijuana plants at home. Medical caregivers can grow up to 12 plants for up to 5 patients, meaning that caregivers can grow up to 60 plants for patients and an addition 12 plants for themselves. Caregivers must register with the state.

It is not legal to grow marijuana in Minnesota. It is only allowed for medicinal use, and must be purchased from one of the 8 Cannabis Patient Centers located around the state.

Mississippi

It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Mississippi.

Growing marijuana for recreational use is illegal in Missouri. Beginning in July of 2019, Missouri will accept applications for medical marijuana cards. The state plans to allow medical marijuana cardholders to grow marijuana at home in “a n appropriately secured facility”.

Patients who require marijuana for medicinal use can grow up to 4 mature plants or 12 seedlings. However, growing for recreational use is not allowed.

It is not legal to grow marijuana for either recreational or medicinal use.

Any individual above the age of 21 can grow marijuana at home but only if there are no state-licensed retail marijuana store within 25 miles of the home.

An adult can only grow up to 6 plants and a maximum of 12 plants per household. Registered medical marijuana user may grow up to 12 plants provided they live 25 miles from the nearest marijuana dispensary or if the person is unable to travel to a medical marijuana dispensary due to illness or lack of transportation.

New Hampshire

It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Hampshire, for either recreational or medicinal use.

It is not legal to grow marijuana for either recreational or medicinal use.

A Qualified Patient who has a Personal Production License issued by the NM Department of Health can grow a maximum of 12 seedlings and 4 mature plants. A single location cannot have more than 2 personal production licenses

It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in New York.

North Carolina

It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in North Carolina.

North Dakota

It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in North Dakota.

It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Ohio.

A registered medical marijuana patient who needs marijuana for medicinal use can grow it. Only 6 mature plants and 6 seedlings can be grown at a time.

It is legal to grow marijuana provided you are older than 21. For recreational use, 4 plants per residence can be grown. Patients registered with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program can grow up to 6 plants.

Pennsylvania

It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Pennsylvania.

Rhode Island

Qualifying Patients that register with the Rhode Island Department of Health can grow up to 12 mature plants. For residences with more than 2 adults, there is a limit of 24 mature plants per residence.

South Carolina

It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in South Carolina

South Dakota

It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in South Dakota.

It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Tennessee.

It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Texas

It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Utah.

Adults older than 21 can grow marijuana. The limits vary depending on whether the marijuana is for recreational or medicinal use. For recreational use, 2 mature plants and 4 immature plants may be grown per residence. For medicinal use, registered medical marijuana cardholders can grow up to 2 mature plants and 7 immature plants

It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Virginia

Cultivation of marijuana for recreational purposes is not allowed in the state of Washington. However, registered medical marijuana patients may grow up to 6 plants at home. If the healthcare practitioner determines the patient requires more than that, they may authorize up to 15 plants.

West Virginia

It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in West Virginia.

It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Wisconsin

It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Wyoming

Updated: October 1, 2020 Written by Moon Haze

2 comments

Virginia needs to go fully legal soon.it sucks I was a criminal because of a herb that was here on this planet long before the bullshit laws that made me a laybreaker.
Got busted with 47 g13 plants and others growing in my basement in caroline co Virginia. In 2014.they gave me 5 years .haha.in this county theygive marijuana possession more time than someone that killed somebody. I know.. or cops that are dirty rotten liars. I am on disability and had a roofing business for 17 years. Work stopped when OBAMA WAS FUCKING UP THIS COUNTRY. thankfully he’s out of here.worst president Ever.i have nothing now .the you you fucking asshole dick lippa.caroline co. Virginia sheriff.

Illinois is not up to date. You can grow medical in Illinois.

Growing marijuana at home (so-called “home grows”) is illegal under US federal law. However, according to the U.S. Sentencing Commission and the FBI 99% of marijuana arrests are made under state law, rather than federal law. Furthermore, states aren’t required to enforce federal law. As a result, in most (though not all) situations, state laws effectively determine whether marijuana growers face criminal risk for their home grows. And, state laws vary dramatically.

Best Place to Grow Cannabis in the House?

Let’s look at your options. What places do you have available in your home to grow? This tutorial will help you figure out the best place to grow your cannabis plants indoors. Taking a little time to plan your grow now can make things a lot easier for you down the road!

Here are some the most common places growers put their plants:

  • Closet
  • Bedroom (in a grow tent)
  • Spare Room
  • Spare Bathroom (easy access to water and a drain)
  • Garage
  • Cellar or Basement
  • Attic

Now that you’re thinking about the possibilities, let’s look into important factors to help you narrow it down.

1.) Security & Concealment

Even if growing cannabis is legal where you live, security and concealment are still something to consider. If you can help it, you don’t want to attract potential thieves, gain the attention of overzealous law enforcement, or annoy your neighbors. Keeping your grow private is a good idea even though you’re not doing anything wrong.

  • Is this location easy to hide?
  • Will guests be able to wander in or notice something fishy?
  • If light spills out, will it look suspicious?

Total security failure!

2.) Heat & Ventilation

Most grow lights get at least a little hot. Therefore, unless you have a relatively small light or your grow space is naturally cold, you likely will want to find a way to vent out heat.

  • Is there a window to vent heat?
  • Is there another place I could vent hot humid air safely?
  • If I vent directly in the room, would it matter if the temperature went up several degrees while lights are on?

A private window is often the best place to vent heat, but sometimes that’s not an option. I live in a condo with very public windows, so right now I actually vent the heat from my grow lights directly into the room. This raises the temperature by several degrees when the room is closed up, though has much less of an effect on the temperature when the window or door is open. It’s possible to vent heat directly out a window without anyone outside being able to tell, but it takes a bit of DIY (Do It Yourself) creativity.

A window fan pointing out can make a big difference if your grow lights raise the temperature of a room by a few degrees

3.) Space

Think about the places in the house with enough space for plants. Extra space is always nice! I recommend first-time growers start with a 2’x4’x6′ grow tent if possible. That gives you easy access to all your plants and plenty of height. Think about the places in the house that would accommodate that size tent. I have a tent that size in my bedroom, and it sort of looks like a clothes wardrobe at first glance.

This is a 2’x2’x3′ grow tent on left and 2’x4’x5′ grow tent on right

  1. Micro Grows, Stealth Boxes, and Mini Tents (smaller than 2’x4′ or 3’x3′) – yields up to several ounces
  2. Small Tents and Cabinets (around 2’x4′ or 3’x3′) – yields up to about a pound
  3. Large Tent – (larger than 3’x3’, but no larger than a 5’x5’) – yields up to about a max of 3 lbs
  4. Rooms or Extra Large Tents – (larger than 5′ x 5′) – can yield many pounds at a time

As far as height…

  • 3-4 feet of height – suitable for a mini grow (and that’s pushing it); can yield up to several ounces in a 2’x2′ space
  • 4-5 feet of height – for a small grow, could yield several ounces, possibly up to about a pound with expert care in a 2’x4′ or 3’x3′ space
  • 5-7+ feet of height (recommended for beginners) – having 5 or even better 6+ feet of height will make things much easier on you. This is because you usually won’t have to worry as much about your plants getting too tall. You don’t necessarily need all this height, but it’s nice!

If you’re not sure, I highly recommend a 2’x4’x6′ grow tent for beginners. It’s small enough that you have easy access to all your plants but big enough that you don’t need to worry about height and can harvest up to a pound of buds (or even more) if you use it correctly.

Best Place to Grow Cannabis in the House? Let’s look at your options. What places do you have available in your home to grow? This tutorial will help you figure out the best place to grow your