Consumers and Patients Can Now Purchase Cannabis Seeds in Massachusetts
Seeds added to Marijuana Establishment and Medical Marijuana Treatment Center product offerings, in addition to clones
WORCESTER— Cannabis plant seeds and clones are available for sale in Massachusetts, the Cannabis Control Commission (Commission) announced on Tuesday. The agency defines “clones” as a clipping from a cannabis or marijuana plant that can be rooted and grown.
Licensed adult-use Marijuana Retailers, Marijuana Delivery Operators, and Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (MTCs) can now purchase seeds and clones at wholesale from Marijuana Cultivators and sell them directly to consumers. The Commission has released new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the sale of seeds in addition to FAQs that were made available for clones last year.
“Safety is paramount to us at the Commission,” Executive Director Shawn Collins said. “I’m proud that for the first time ever, Massachusetts residents will now be able to purchase both seeds and clones from licensed retailers and dispensaries that are closely regulated and tracked. If Patients or Consumers do choose to grow their own plants at home, we encourage them to follow public awareness tips available through MoreAboutMJ.org.”
If licensees sell seeds or clones at wholesale or to consumers, Commission regulations require that they be tracked via the state’s mandatory seed-to-sale tracking system, Metrc. Seeds will be tracked in packages, while clones are tracked as immatures plants. Clones are also subject to pesticide screening in accordance with state regulations.
Marijuana Retailers, Marijuana Delivery Operators, and MTCs may sell up to six clones to an individual consumer per day. However, there is no limitation on the number of seeds that can be sold. Massachusetts law allows adult consumers ages 21 or older to grow up to six cannabis plants in a home, or up to 12 plants in households with more than one person over age 21.
Registered Patients who have received a Certifying Healthcare Provider recommendation as part of the Medical Use of Marijuana Program may grow up to 12 vegetative plants, 12 flowering plants, and possess an unlimited number of seeds. They may purchase six clones per day, although they are not counted against their 60-day supply.
When growing cannabis plants or manufacturing products at home, residents are encouraged to take precautions to keep their household and family safe. For instance, to reduce the risk of electrical fires caused by high-powered lamps and other equipment, the agency’s “More About Marijuana” campaign advises growers to have a licensed electrician evaluate their equipment and setup first. To learn more, read the Commission’s Guidance on Home Cultivation for Adult Use or visit MoreAboutMJ.org or the Commission’s YouTube channel for tips and best practices. The Commission also offers free, downloadable rack cards via the Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse.
Additional information is available by visiting MassCannabisControl.com, by contacting the Commission by phone (774-415-0200) or email (Commission@CCCMass.Com), or following the agency on Facebook and Twitter.
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