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Buy Marijuana Seeds In Illinois

Although there are no retail outlets where you can legally buy marijuana seeds in Illinois, you can order them online and have them delivered discreetly to your door using secure payment facilities and the very best ‘stealth’ postage and packaging methods. In 2013, Illinois passed laws allowing for the possession and use of medical marijuana for all registered patients, and although it still regards growing marijuana in Illinois as a crime, the punishments are less severe than in many other states, allowing for the possession of under ten grams of marijuana to be classed as a civil violation, rather than a crime, incurring only a small fine for people caught in possession who are not registered medical marijuana patients.

Computers, smart phones and tablets make online purchases simple, creating a vast amount of letters and parcels to be distributed daily. In the past, marijuana seed purchases have been stopped at customs and seized, but rarely has anyone ever been prosecuted. The law states you cannot plant or cultivate marijuana seeds, possessing them in itself isn’t a crime, and although the state ensures you cannot purchase them within it’s borders, you can legally buy marijuana seeds in Illinois online.

You should be fully aware of the risks involved if you decide to germinate and grow marijuana seeds in Illinois, the laws become more severe as you increase the number of plants. Cultivating five or less reduces the penalties to a maximum of one year in jail, while more than that may result in up to six years incarceration. Obviously nobody wants to ‘do time’ so reducing the risks as much as possible should be your highest priority.

Registered marijuana patients are legally able to purchase up to 70 grams of marijuana per 14 day period from one of the state licensed dispensaries, although they are still unable to cultivate and produce their own plants. Becoming a registered patient and growing up to five selected medical marijuana seeds, can often lead to non-custodial sentences, compared to non-registered, ‘recreational’ users growing a similar number of plants.

Before you buy marijuana seeds in Illinois online, consider where you are going to plant them and the best strains for that environment. While some growers are experienced and can spot problems developing with their plants, others are new and may well produce a better harvest with an easier strain or variety. Often plants develop differently indoors compared to being grown outside in the natural sunlight. This can be due to the longer vegetative period, and slower, but more reduced hours of sunlight the plants receive in the later stages of Summer, and early Fall. Selecting the right strains and buying marijuana seeds that suit your style, experience and environment is essential in producing a successful crop, especially if you plan to reduce the risks and only grow a maximum of 5 plants.

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Marijuana Seeds For Beginners

If you are just beginning to grow marijuana in Illinois, it’s advisable to buy seeds and strains best suited to your level of experience. We have a selection of high quality marijuana that are easy to grow, but capable of producing a heavy, potent harvest. All the seeds in this collection are feminized, ensuring that each and every seed you purchase will germinate and create strong, vibrant marijuana plants with the tastes, aroma and ‘high’ you choose.

Whether you grow indoors, or outside, buying high quality, easy to grow marijuana seeds is often the fastest and most simple way to produce your own recreational buds or medical marijuana. These selected strains are extremely stable, capable of reproducing the same plants time after time. Their forgiving and hardy nature makes them resilient to many of the common mistakes beginners make, such as incorrect feed and nutrient levels, Ph discrepancies and poor growing conditions.

New and novice growers who are planting outdoors may wish to consider autoflowering seeds and strains. Completely feminized and devoid of all male chromosomes, they are guaranteed to germinate and produce autoflowering marijuana plants that are capable of growing and flowering simultaneously, maturing in the fastest time possible. Indoor growers looking for fast harvests should consider Indica dominant strains, as these generally mature quicker than Sativa based varieties.

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Opinion: Botched Illinois cannabis law creates silver lining

As mentioned in News Joint Grow Journal 2, the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (Illinois House Bill 1438) has forced registered medical patients into a gray area of the law because Illinois requires patients to purchase cannabis seeds from dispensaries. However, Illinois dispensaries have not and do not sell cannabis genetics (they’ve accidently sold seeds inside eighths of flower). The law also states that seeds, cuts, and clones are not to be gifted or exchanged between patients.

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Essentially, Illinois has caused registered medical patients, who want to procure seeds and grow their own medicine, to become criminals or go without. Illinois legislatures are working on a solution to this snafu in the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, but in the meantime, the Illinois cannabis industry market has adjusted and moved forward, with or without the State of Illinois’ consent.

Why do dispensaries not sell seeds? Creating stable genetics takes time, extra space, and expert resources, and in general, dispensaries want patients to buy flower from their cultivators, not grow medicine for themselves. In addition, the law is not black and white in how Illinois dispensary, cultivators, and brands are to legally go about procuring and selling genetics.

“How do I get seeds?” is one of the most ask questions we receive from medical patients. The patients I know or have communicated with desperately want to follow the law but are confused by where and how to purchase legal seeds or overwhelmed by the amount of choices offered.

Plenty of breeders and seed banks exist in the Unites States and across the pond, but plenty of scammers also exist. “Non-cannafam” patients who just want to grow their own medicine do not know the intricacies of the “seed bank and breeder industry” or of international, federal, or Illinois laws regarding seeds. They just want to grow their own personalized medicine in peace.

Without the State of Illinois changing or even publicity addressing this flaw in the law, the cannabis industry market, as markets do, has moved on without the State of Illinois. The biggest silver lining to this botched part of the law is that the free market has found a better process and solution for patients to procure seeds than patients would have had if dispensaries sold genetics.

For the last twenty months, Illinois “grow shops” have filled the demand for seeds by stocking a wide variety of genetics for medical patients. The market’s solution to the flawed law, I believe, has worked out exponentially more beneficial for patients than dispensaries could have offered for the following reason:

  • Selection: grow shops are offering a greater variety of selection than Illinois dispensaries would have been able to offer. And why would an Illinois patient want to continually grow strains that only Illinois offers? The point to growing your own medicine is to grow the exact strain the gives the patient the most relief.
  • Quality: grow shops are offering top-notch genetics from the best breeders around. Patients don’t have to worry about the quality of the genetics, because grow shop owners and staff members are usually growers themselves and know the difference.
  • Cheaper: It’s difficult to judge what prices Illinois dispensaries would charge for seeds, but if Illinois cannabis-product prices are any indication, then the grow shops are surely selling the genetics cheaper than patients would have had to pay at dispensaries.
  • Better access: Now that grow shops carry genetics, patients do not have to order seeds online or through the mail and risk breaking the law, losing the seeds in delivery, scammers, and other complications. Grow shops are already strategically placed throughout Illinois and accessible to most Illinoisans, and each month new grow shops are opening.
  • Supports local businesses: Grow shops are local. Most grow shops have been around and are well established in the community, often for longer than local dispensaries. Buying from grow shops invest not only in the community but also supports the “local grow community” that grow shops have already garnered, supported, and advocated for.
  • Patient access to expertise: grow shops, as mention, are usually owned and staffed by medical patients who have experience growing their own medicine. Grow shops employees (with some exceptions I’m sure) better understand strain lineages and medical effects. We constantly hear about “patient specialist” at dispensaries incorrectly “weedsplaining” strains and effects to patients. Now image the advice a patient would get about genetics from a dispensary “specialist” who has never grown medicine. Getting bad advice on an eighth of flower is one thing. Image ruining a patient’s entire grow with bad advice.
  • Patient support: growing is a long-term project, and grow shops can better supply follow up questions and solutions to problems for a patient’s first or one-hundredth grow. Grow shops also supply the exact equipment a patient needs to germinate, grow, and harvest medicine. Growing is a series of adjustment, and access to expertise and equipment is a great benefit.
  • Grow community: maybe the most overlooked benefit of purchasing genetics at grow shops is the chance to become part of a local “grow community” to help expand knowledge, make new likeminded friends, and become an overall better grower. Legalization has offered the benefit of sharing classes and other sources on how to grow your own medicine that were not available even five years ago. Take advantage of it.

The frustration and contempt that seeps through this opinion piece, even when I am purposely trying not to, is not aimed toward the State of Illinois, legislatures, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, or Illinois Department of Agriculture. I’m a lifetime Illinoisan: born, raised, and educated. I expect Illinois to be Illinois.

This frustration and contempt spawns from empathy and concern I feel for fellow patients, who have been placed in an untenable situation. I have heard their confusion and frustration firsthand. Some have even felt intimidated by the law.

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When I first started News Joint Grow Journal and ran across this problem, I wanted Illinois to fix it. I’ve changed my mind.

The market has spoken and fixed a problem for medical patients that Illinois itself created. Illinois and dispensaries now need to stay away from selling seeds, and Illinois should instead write into the law a legal way for patients, grow shops, breeders, and “the grow community” to continue what the they have already created. This market adjustment for patients already functions smoother than nearly every other aspect of the law.

Cannabis in Illinois: What to Know Now That Weed is Legal

Where can I smoke it? Where can I buy it? How much is allowed? Can I have it in my car? Will I still be drug tested at work? Consider this your Cannabis in Illinois 101.

By Phil Rogers and Courtney Copenhagen Published December 6, 2019 • Updated on January 13, 2020 at 11:21 am
By Phil Rogers and Courtney Copenhagen Published December 6, 2019 • Updated on January 13, 2020 at 11:21 am

Recreational cannabis is now legal in Illinois, and people are literally lining up to get a piece of the state’s pot pie.

That presents plenty of questions: Illinois residents want to know where to buy cannabis, how much and where they can consume it. Non-residents want to know if they can sample it too. Entrepreneurs want to know how to open a cannabis dispensary.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Things like law enforcement, workplace laws and social equity all pose additional inquiries.

Just 15 days to go before Illinois legalizes recreational marijuana, though Chicago is still debating who gets a share of the pie, no matter what happens, legal pot is going to mean big changes across the state. NBC 5’s Phil Rogers reports.

Do you have questions about cannabis in Illinois? NBC 5 Investigates spent the past four months diving into the politics, projected revenue, health risks and community impact of the state milestone to give you answers. Consider this your Cannabis in Illinois 101.

When does recreational cannabis become legal in Illinois?

Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, adults over the age of 21 will be able to legally purchase cannabis from licensed dispensaries. Sales start at 6 a.m. in some locations.

What identification do I need to buy cannabis in Illinois after Jan. 1?

Unlike the medical marijuana program, just a driver’s license will do, but it has to be unaltered, and if the dispensary doesn’t like it, they can turn it down.

How much cannabis can I have?

Illinois residents can have:

• 30 grams of cannabis flower (the leafy stuff)

• 5 grams of cannabis concentrate

• 500 milligrams of THC-infused products (edibles). A container of gummies, for example, contains 10 gummies at 10 mg each. So am entire container is 100 mg. The law allows you to purchase 5 of them.

Non-Illinois residents can possess half of these amounts.

Cannabis in Illinois: Where You Can Find a Dispensary

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Where can I buy cannabis in Illinois?

Only at state licensed dispensaries. Initially, these will be companions to the existing medical marijuana facilities. By May 1, 2020, the state will award licenses for up to 75 new dispensaries. By December 21, 2021, the state will award licenses for 110 more.

For a list of locations, click here.

Where can I use cannabis in Illinois?

Indoors. You can partake in the privacy of your own home, for example. But you still can’t use it on the street, on the El or in a public place. If you do, you can be ticketed for public consumption. And you can be arrested if you have over the legal limit. It doesn’t matter if your marijuana is store-bought or obtained on the black market. Police tell us they’ll be looking at how much you have, not where you got it.

In Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Interim Police Supt. Charlie Beck said residents should not be ticketed for smoking weed in their own backyard or on their balcony in the city once recreational cannabis becomes legal in Illinois.

Lightfoot and Beck issued a joint statement saying that while state law prohibits cannabis consumption in any “public place,” which is defined as “anywhere you can be observed by others in the public,” CPD believes someone using marijuana “in their own backyard or balcony poses no direct threat to public safety.”

Cannabis could mean big bucks for the state of Illinois, and many companies and individuals are looking to cash in. NBC 5’s Phil Rogers has more in our latest installment of “Cannabis in Illinois.”

Will dispensaries store my information when I give them my ID to purchase marijuana?

Dispensaries will be required to use electronic readers to scan and verify the validity of the consumer’s government-issued identification, which must prove the consumer is at least 21 years old. State law prohibits the information on the identification from being retained, used, shared, or disclosed.

So think of showing your ID at the door like you do when entering a bar. The location takes an image of your driver’s license for their own protection, to make sure they carded you.

Showing your ID at Point of Sale is to:

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1. Confirm whether you are a resident or non-resident to determine how much you can purchase. You may be asked if you want to enter their database, which is for future promotional marketing. Like when you buy something at J. Crew and they ask for your email address.

Any fine print?

Plenty. (The bill is over 600 pages long!) But here are a few loose ends:

• Landlords and employers can still say no to marijuana use.

• Dispensaries will be limited on where they advertise, can’t have giveaways or drive-thrus and, at least for now, can’t deliver.

• You can’t have it on a school bus, on the grounds of a preschool or any other school, in a correctional facility, in any private residence licensed for day care, in any public place, or in proximity to anyone under 21.

• No use by law enforcement officers, corrections officers, school bus drivers or firefighters on duty.

• Dispensaries can be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

• Everything must be in childproof packaging.

In Colorado, 570 stores now sell legal pot statewide. NBC 5 Investigates’ Phil Rogers begins a deep dive into what Illinois can expect as a new recreational cannabis law goes into effect next year.

What if I want to open a cannabis dispensary?

Bring money. Your application fee will be $30,000. In addition, you’ll need to write the state a check for up to $100,000 for the cannabis business development fund. On top of that, you’ll have to pony up another $100,000 or maybe more for various social equity options, or establish an incubator program for those wanting to get into the business. And if you get another license, the fees increase.

What if I want to grow it?

Existing cultivators will have to file a $100,000 application fee. They also have to pay into the cannabis business fund, as much as $750,000. This fee is based on their sales between June 2018 and June 2019. They must also pay the same additional fees charged to dispensaries.

What if I want to grow just a little bit?

You can’t, unless you are a medical patient, and then, you can only have five plants and they must be in an enclosed space. There is a provision for craft growers. Those are smaller cultivators of 5,000 square feet. If you want to try that, you’ll be asked to file a $5,000 application fee and a $40,000 license fee.

Tonight NBC 5 Investigates’ Phil Rogers begins a deep dive into what Illinois can expect as a new recreational cannabis law goes into effect next year.

What if I got arrested for possession years ago? I heard my record will get wiped clean.

That’s right, and this is huge. Local law enforcement and the Illinois State Police will automatically expunge arrests that didn’t lead to a conviction for amounts up to 30 grams. This will be tens of thousands of Illinois residents. Note: No automatic expungements if the cannabis offense was connected to a violent crime.

The governor will also grant pardons authorizing expungement for convictions for up to 30 grams. If you were convicted of larger amounts, up to 500 grams, you’ll have to file a motion to vacate your record.

I keep hearing about Social Equity. What’s that?

That’s the state’s promise to provide easier entry to the program for “those most adversely impacted by the enforcement of drug related laws in this state.” This is a key part of the new law. Those who qualify can seek fee waivers and obtain low interest loans and grants.

Applicants under the social equity program must have at least 51% ownership by one or more individuals who:

• Have lived in a Disproportionately Impacted Area in five of the last 10 years

• Have been arrested for, or convicted of, cannabis-related offenses deemed eligible for expungement

• Have a parent, child or spouse who qualifies for expungement

Note: If there are more than 10 full-time employees, more than half must meet those qualifications.

In addition, the new law provides for the Restore, Reinvest, and Renew (R3) program to address the impact of economic disinvestment, violence and “the historical overuse of the criminal justice system.”

Grants for R3 areas can be used to address economic development, violence prevention, youth development, and other programs.

I hear the state is going to make a fortune on legalized recreational cannabis.

The state thinks it will. Illinois has projected 700,000 users and expects $57 million in tax revenue and licensing in the first year. Lawmakers believe that number will jump to $140.5 million in the second year, and as much as $375.5 million by Year Five.

Will the purchase, possession, and/or consumption of cannabis affect an Illinois resident’s rights to own a firearm, or his or her FOID card status?

Illinois State Police say they “will not revoke Firearm’s Owner’s Identification Cards based solely on a person’s legal use of adult use cannabis.”

“Pursuant to both State and Federal law, a person who is addicted to or a habitual user of narcotics is not permitted to possess or use firearms,” the department said in a statement. “Accordingly, the ISP will revoke FOID cards where it is demonstrated that an individual is addicted to or is a habitual user of cannabis. The ISP would also revoke or deny the FOID cards of those who violate certain provisions of the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.”

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