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2017 personal grow laws in the 8 legal states

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These laws apply to home and personal growing only. This post does not cover licensed growing which is different. In all legal states, you have to be over 21 to possess and grow marijuana, and you cannot sell any marijuana bud, plants or seeds w/o a license. You can give them away though. Possession limits and the number of plants allowed vary by state. In all states growing has to be out of public view. In some states grows have to be in a secured/locked area. Most states also require marijuana grows to be a certain distance from schools (in Oregon, it is 1000 yards).

In Oregon you can grow 4 plants per residence of any size/maturity indoors or out (with one exception). Only one city has banned all outdoor marijuana growing in Oregon: Medford. Law enforcement here has been pretty laid back about offenders. Generally if you get busted with a few more plants than is legal in OR, they just ask you which 4 plants you want to keep, and they take the rest. I know several people that this has happened to. Only in large cases with 20 or more plants do they hand out citations or make arrests.

In Washington state, personal grows are banned. So there are no personal grows there. HOWEVER: anyone in WA state with a doctor's Rx can now grow 4 plants indoors or outdoors w/o a WMMP card, or any application, inspections, etc.

In Colorado you can grow up 6 plants Pper resident, but only 3 can be mature/flowering at a time. Some munis like Denver have put a cap at 12 plants per residence in Colorado. In Colorado, you can only grow indoors. No outdoor growing is allowed. Homes with minors must have the growing area kept locked and secure.

Alaska is similar to Denver: up to 6 plants per resident, 3 of which can be mature/flowering, and 12 plants max per residence.

In California the munis are testing the legal boundaries, and it has yet to be sorted out who can legally do what and where. A *FEW* cities in SoCal are trying to mandate permits for growing there. Many other munis have banned outdoor personal growing. In California,  security is required for growing outdoors as well, like within a fenced and locked areas out of public view. You can also have 6 mature and 6 more immature (non-flowering plants) per residence.

In Nevada, the grow limit is 12 plants total per residence, 6 per person, indoors or out. However, in Nevada, you have to reside at least 25 miles from a licensed weed store in order to grow at home. Nevada is still ironing out the laws now though, so this may change.

In Maine, Marijuana just became legal Jan 30, 2017. Maine has the most lax grow laws of any state. In Maine it is now legal for the cultivation of 6 flowering plants, 6 non-flowering plants and an unlimited number of seedlings (under 2 ft tall) per residence. You have to grow on your own property or grow on another's property with the owner's (or landlord's) express written permission.

Massachusetts allows a single individual to cultivate up to 6 marijuana plants for personal use, and up to 12 plants per residence if more than one adult lives on the premises. Marijuana can be grown indoors or outside. Like California, marijuana plants must be cultivated someplace where there is a security device (like a locked fenced area or locked indoors).

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And lets not forget Washington DC. DC is a federal US district and not a state, and as such, falls under federal jurisdiction. So even though they passed the marijuana legalization initiative there several years ago, it has still yet to be fully legalized, as weed is still a federal crime. At any rate, the laws there are supposed to be:

 

You can grow up to 6 Cannabis plants with 3 or fewer being mature/flowering, within your principal residence. You can grow indoors our outdoors there if you are the landowner or if you have permission from your landlord. The later part about landlords' permission is still being debated in DC, as it is not clearly defined in the initiative. Because of the federal status of marijuana, you cannot grow in any federally subsidized housing in DC.

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