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Growing Marijuana In California

Growing Marijuana In California

California can now legally grow up to six marijuana plants at home, including all of the harvest from those plants.

Every adult Californian can now legally grow marijuana. It is an event that was destined to occur. Before you get started growing, though, there are some rules.

 

Here’s what you should know:

  1. The minimum age is 21
  2. Possess no more than 6 plants at a time
  3. Grow only where you live, where it cannot be seen and lock it
  4. Carry no more than 28.5 grams, leave the rest at home
  5. Cities can prohibit outdoor growing, but not indoor growing
  6. If you’re in trouble with the law, call Michael Heicklen. He focuses on family and business law for the cannabis community

If you want to start growing in California, make sure to download my free marijuana grow bible

The Finer Details of Growing Laws in California

Those were the basics, below are a few more details about each point.

  1. The minimum age is 21. Marijuana is now treated similarly to alcohol, so no underage growing. While teenagers love growing weed – it’s a fun science project –  the current law says growing is an adult sport.
  1. Possess no more than 6 plants. This is probably the clearest part of the new law. It says six plants, regardless of their stage in the growing process. Many other states allow adults to have additional plants that are not already flowering – California does not.
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This rule is likely due to environmentalists concerns over widespread home growing impacting the water supply. Everyone needs to be conservative in their weed growing.

While this rule is a bummer, it’s not that big of a deal. You can still produce a significant amount of weed with six plants – especially if you use advanced growing techniques. Plan ahead and store your weed well, and you should be fine.

  1. Keep your growing personal. Just because growing has been legalized in California, it’s still a personal privilege and should be kept private. This means you should be growing in your own home or on your property.

People should not be able to see your plants unless you live in a place that doesn’t care and it’s just your neighbors – and they don’t mind. However, growing openly in your backyard is illegal if you live next to someplace public, like a park.

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  1. 28,5 is the magic number. At any given time, you can only have 28.5 grams of marijuana which equals an ounce. This does not apply to weed that you have grown from your plants. You can keep all that you harvest.

However, if you give away any of it, you can only take 28.5 grams of it out of your house.

If you don’t already own a scale, invest in one. If you grow six plants, you will have much more than 28.5 grams. To stay legal, make sure you aren’t carrying too much at one time.

  1. Growing marijuana is your right. Although it is now legal, many California home growers may need to stay stealth. There are cities and towns in California that are prohibiting marijuana growing.

They are allowed to do that by this law. If you live in one of those areas, you cannot grow outdoors unless no one knows you are doing it.  If they can tell, you have broken the law.

Growing marijuana is your right

Growing is your right

The law also says cities and towns cannot keep you from growing marijuana inside your home. This includes rental homes and apartments. If you are a renter, follow the rule of keeping your growing personal, and you will stay legal.

California growing laws are highly defined, like California wine. Although they are more restrictive than other states, they also give a lot of rights to home growers.

If you plan to grow in California, take some time to learn advanced growing techniques. It will help you get the most yield from a few plants. Click here if you want to buy marijuana seeds in California

California Growing Etiquette

The right to grow weed at home is vital for many Californians. However, some things can get you in trouble, and likely piss off at least one of your neighbors.

Here are some of them:

  • Growing more weed than you need – that’s not eco-conscious
  • Selling your weed – leave that to the ‘professionals.’
  • Planting outdoors where people don’t want you to plant – that’s just rude

Cannabis lawyer Michael Heicklen

Michael Heicklen:“Our office advises and drafts local applications for marijuana licenses. We also ensure that our clients are ready for the 2018 state licensing process. Get in touch with us for more information.”

What about the medical users in California?

Starting in 2018, medical card holders will not pay sales tax on retail weed. However, in neighboring recreational states, the sales of retail marijuana made medical strains harder to obtain.

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So, if you use medical strains, it is probably a good idea to start growing them now, before the supply diminishes (if you aren’t already).

Have more questions about growing marijuana in California?  Post them below.  We’ll update this page with answers to your frequently asked questions as needed.

If you want to start growing in California, make sure to download my free marijuana grow bible

 

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Prior to November 2016 these were marijuana laws in California
California is well known for its medical marijuana program, and many California patients enjoy the benefits of growing their own weed for medication.  The state led the medical marijuana movement in the United States, with many states following their lead.

The Califonia program is approved for HIV/AIDS, Cancer, MS, epilepsy, Glaucoma, Chronic or unmanageable pain, Cachexia, Arthritis, and Migraines. You don’t need a medical maijuana ID card in order to grow, but if you do practice California weed growing without it, you risk getting arrested for illegal growing.

Steps to California Weed Growing

  1. Talk to a doctor about your condition. A doctor will need to write a recommendation. To find a California doctor, visit CANORML.
  2. Download and read the Marijuana Grow Bible. This is the authority on growing the best marijuana. It will explain how to locate the right seeds and set up a grow room
  3. Purchase   I Love Growing Marijuana has a large selection of marijuana seeds to choose from.
  4. Check local Growing Rules. California Weed growing laws vary by city and county. Check the rules in your area here.
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The Medical Card

You don’t need a medical marijuana card to grow California weed.  The card is used to protect growers from arrest.  Patients and caregivers can register for the card with the state and show it to police in the event of possible arrest.

For patients who prefer to remain anonymous, some nonprofits, as well as a few prescribing doctors, offer medical cards that are not registered with the state.  These cards can provide proof of medical need but may not prevent a police officer from taking your weed.

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How Much Can You Grow?

California weed growing laws are unique because there are actually no official limits on how much weed can be grown.  If you have a medical need to grow marijuana, the state assumes that you will grow as much as you need.

Now, some areas in California have challenged this idea, making it illegal to grow, or limiting collective grows, but for the most part, you are okay to grow if a doctor says so.

In fact, California weed growing is so popular that you can enjoy fancy things like hiring a professional weed trimmer! Of course, if you follow my advice in the Marijuana Grow Bible, you can save some money and do it yourself.

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However, people in California like their fancy amenities- including professional cannabis trimming. You can’t really complain about that, can you?

Non-medical use and hash

California has decriminalized marijuana use for non-medical purposes. This means most marijuana charges are not that serious. Those with less than 28.5 grams in their possession only have to pay a fine. The most serious offense in California is for chemically manufacturing hash.

California weed growing for non-medical use is a serious offense; so if possible, grow as a patient or a caregiver to stay out of trouble. Caregivers only need to be at least 18 years old.

Buy marijuana seeds in california

Even in the laid-back Golden State, growing marijuana in any amount is a felony — unless you are a medical marijuana patient. If you are looking to grow your own weed, you’re going to need to be very discrete, or else get a medical marijuana ID card to protect yourself.

You can forget about buying any type of decent marijuana seeds anywhere in this state. Buy the best seeds for discrete marijuana growing online. Click here if you want to buy marijuana seeds in California

Latest Updates

November 2016California Prepares for Legal Growing

October 2016 – California marijuana legalization campaign launches a TV ad communicating responsible use and safeguards.

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Comment Section

33 thoughts on “Growing Marijuana In California


By Mike Daniel on 15 November 2016

I am interested in growing a couple of plants in Southern California. I live on a 4 1/2 acre avocado grove with high trees. I currently have a raised bed garden (fenced) next to the house with high trees around it. There are no locks on the gates to the garden. Does this fit the law?


By Roy ILGM on 16 November 2016

Hi Mike, your case is quite specific and I wouldn’t dare give you advise. Best check with local authorities on this.


By Ted on 7 January 2017

Mike, depending on your county there may be restrictions. Under prop 64, as long as its not visible to the public you are ok.


By Lee on 5 January 2017

I am looking into growing a few plants in California with the new laws not requiring a medical license. I want to sell to local medical dispensaries and eventually retail locations when legal (of course no more than six plants). This is more of a hobby to bring in a little extra cash. Do you know if it is legal at this time to sell home grown plants? I looked at the Colorado laws and it is not legal to sell it there, but I can’t find any updated regulations for California. Thanks!


By Roy ILGM on 5 January 2017

Hi Lee, selling without a state licensed permit is considered a misdemeanor in California and can be punished with 6 months incarceration and/or up to a $500 fine. I’m not sure how to get a permit, best check your local government site for info on that.


By Lee on 6 January 2017

Thanks! I finally found some updated info for California and it looks like retail permits will not be available until January 1st 2018 and they don’t have any info on the cost of it at this time.


By TheWeedValet on 7 January 2017

Lee, you cant sell it yet but you can get paid to set up small scale 6 plant grows for others. Figure the cost then double it and you can make a good business.


By Andre on 28 January 2017

Are you allowed to grow in California if you own firearms? Who might have legal issues with it, ex. police or Feds? Can firearms be stored in an unconnected garage?


By Roy ILGM on 30 January 2017

Hey Andre, there’s a lot of talk about gun permits and marijuana use. I’m not sure what the latest status is. Best check up with your local authorities.


By Gilgamesh on 5 February 2017

Can someone please clarify if the California limit of 6 plants can still be bumped up to as many as 99 for good cause?

My doctor certifies me to grow up to 50 ladies and posses up to 5 pounds of dry flowers.

My good cause is the 1) price of bud at local dispensaries (over $400 per top shelf zip making it unaffordable for me in light of the high dosages needed, and 2) despite my fierce passion for growing cannabis, I’m a. terrible grower and need to grow many plants to harvest few. A 6 plant limit for me would cause an untenable financial burden. That’s my “good cause”

Fortunately, my fistful or so of ILGM seed orders last year have all arrived safely,, timely, and nearly all seeds have germinated just fine….

Thank you.


By Roberta smith on 11 February 2017

how many pot plants can one legally in the city of rohnert park California with intent to sell. Neighbor next door is growing 100 or more to sell illegally and has a nursery in his garage. They are renters


By Boogie Cousins on 11 February 2017

Very clear instructions. Thank you Admin.
Also, rule number one, don’t tell anyone your’e growing!You can’t trust people nowadays!


By Joseph on 4 March 2017

“California is unique in that there is no limit on the amount of marijuana you can grow.”
2. “The legal limit is 6 plants for medical purposes per person.”
Huh???


By Beasle on 12 March 2017

I live on 10 acres and have some renters that stay on the property also. Let’s say 6 adults live here…are we allowed 36 plants?


By Roy ILGM on 13 March 2017

Hi Beasle, it’s 6 per property, not per person


By steven bustamante on 25 March 2017

me and my girlfriend we can grow up 12 plants of marijuana in temecula california


By Edward Telles on 13 April 2017

If my wife and I both have California medical recs can we grow 12 plants in los Angeles county


By Roy ILGM on 14 April 2017

Hi Edward, as far as I’ve learned the restriction is per household. But you may want to check that locally. – I❤️GM


By Don Schwenke on 24 April 2017

My question is how many people can you grow for. I live on property but my brother and sister both live in apartments. Can I grow for both of them. Is there a limit on how many caretakers is my question.


By Art on 18 May 2017

No more than six plants may be cultivated at a single private residence (i.e., you and your spouse can cultivate no more than six plants total, as opposed to six plants each, at your home). HS 11358 after Proposition 64 calls for felony penalties for people who cultivate more than six marijuana plants


By Todd Hicks on 28 April 2017

What about in tehama county I can’t seem to find the laws for my county “can I do six outdoors”


By Jeff on 1 May 2017

Is a green house ok in CA I read in an enclosed structure ?


By Roy ILGM on 1 May 2017

Yup! As long as you can lock it – I❤️GM


By Stevie on 6 June 2017

What is the consequence of growing a single plant outdoors in a locked yard obscured from public view? Fine? Charges? In SoCal.


By Christine LaBeach on 18 June 2017

Can you grow in an RV if its your primary residence? In California?


By Roy ILGM on 19 June 2017

Hi Christine, I’m not sure if that count’s towards a household. Best verify that locally. – I❤️GM


By Larry on 19 June 2017

If you have a charge for weed in another state and complete your probationary period and move to California and owner property’s can you still get a grow card?

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