Growing medical marijuana in Missouri
Got a green thumb? Under Missouri medical marijuana laws you are permitted to grow your own cannabis at home — up to 18 plants including six flowering plants, six non-flowering plants, and six seedlings or clones.
However, there are some restrictions to be aware of.
Of course, you must already be a certified medical marijuana patient. After that, you can apply for your grower’s identification card from the Department of Health. The card comes with a fee of $100 and must be displayed in your growing area.
Also, you can’t just grow marijuana in your backyard. Your grow area must be contained in a “closed, locked facility.”
If you’re thinking you’ll just grow your own medical marijuana while you wait for Missouri dispensaries to open, be advised: beside the fact that growing marijuana is no easy task, the dispensaries will probably have products available before you do.
Be careful, illicit weed is untested
In the meantime, if your thumb is distinctly not green and you don’t want to attempt to grow your own, then you’re stuck buying from illicit sources.
Be careful though.
First, don’t go over your legal limit. The penalties can be steep.
More importantly, illegally grown marijuana is oftentimes produced using chemical pesticides and fertilizers and sometimes is not cured properly leading contaminants such as mold.
Legal weed must be grown only with approved nutrients and pesticides that have been deemed safe for use on marijuana. The marijuana you’ll be able to purchase at the dispensaries will undergo testing to assure purity and potency.
So, if you don’t absolutely know where and how your medicine is being grown, you could be doing your body more harm than good. Just saying.
We hope you have a great summer!