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7 Best States to Grow Marijuana In

While many of us are content to just visit a dispensary to purchase marijuana, some people like to get their hands dirty (literally) and grow their own cannabis. And while that can be quite the endeavor, there are things you can do to make it easier on yourself. For instance, you can pick a good place to live.

Here are the seven best state to grow marijuana, based on both climate and legality:

California already produces the most marijuana in the United States, so it’s no surprise it’s a good place to grow cannabis. It’s warm and sunny the entire year, so you don’t have to worry too much about fluctuating temperatures. And obviously it’s 100 percent legal to do so, so you don’t have to worry about getting in trouble.

Warm weather is the ideal place to grow marijuana, so Nevada definitely fits the bill. Indica strains especially are used to growing in warm, dry environments, so they’d be perfect for the desert of Nevada. And it’s also legal, so you’re in the clear.

The best conditions for outdoor marijuana growing include places where it’s not too hot in the summer and also not too cold in the winter. That’s basically the entire West Coast of the United States. If you’re wondering why Oregon’s so renowned for those giant forests, it’s because it has great growing conditions for all plants, including marijuana.

4. Washington

Washington is basically the same climate as Oregon, so it’s also a great place to grow marijuana. However Washington is known for getting a lot of rain, which isn’t 100 percent ideal for marijuana plants. so you’ll need to find a way to prevent it from getting too much.

5. Massachusetts

Massachusetts was the first state east of the Mississippi river to legalize recreational marijuana, and it’s also a great place to grow cannabis. It doesn’t get too hot, and it also doesn’t get too much rain. The winters are pretty cold, so you won’t be able to grow year-round like other places, but the rest of the year is perfect.

To be honest, most of the Midwest would be a good place to grow marijuana. That’s why all of our corn and soybeans and other important crops are grown there. The only issue is marijuana is not quite as rain-friendly as those crops, so you may need to monitor your water levels a little more closely. Michigan is the only state in the region though that allows people to grow their own cannabis, as long as your a registered medical patient. Although that may change if they legalize recreational marijuana this November.

7. Tennessee

The actual best place to grow marijuana in America is probably in a bunch of illegal states. Kentucky and Tennessee are believed to have the most marijuana grown outdoors in the United States behind only California. Obviously all of that is illegal. But you can’t blame people for doing so. These states have all the advantages of the Midwest, such as good soil, not too warm, access to freshwater, without any of the disadvantages, like the cold winters or the huge amounts of summer rainfall. Unfortunately it is illegal to grow it, but these places will be hotspots for cannabis cultivation once they finally come to their senses.

While many of us are content to just visit a dispensary to purchase marijuana, some people like to get their hands dirty (literally) and grow their own cannabis. And while that can be quite the endeavor, there are things you can do to make it easier on yourself. For instance, you can pick a good place to live.

Best Place to Grow Cannabis in the House?

Let’s look at your options. What places do you have available in your home to grow? This tutorial will help you figure out the best place to grow your cannabis plants indoors. Taking a little time to plan your grow now can make things a lot easier for you down the road!

Here are some the most common places growers put their plants:

  • Closet
  • Bedroom (in a grow tent)
  • Spare Room
  • Spare Bathroom (easy access to water and a drain)
  • Garage
  • Cellar or Basement
  • Attic

Now that you’re thinking about the possibilities, let’s look into important factors to help you narrow it down.

1.) Security & Concealment

Even if growing cannabis is legal where you live, security and concealment are still something to consider. If you can help it, you don’t want to attract potential thieves, gain the attention of overzealous law enforcement, or annoy your neighbors. Keeping your grow private is a good idea even though you’re not doing anything wrong.

  • Is this location easy to hide?
  • Will guests be able to wander in or notice something fishy?
  • If light spills out, will it look suspicious?

Total security failure!

2.) Heat & Ventilation

Most grow lights get at least a little hot. Therefore, unless you have a relatively small light or your grow space is naturally cold, you likely will want to find a way to vent out heat.

  • Is there a window to vent heat?
  • Is there another place I could vent hot humid air safely?
  • If I vent directly in the room, would it matter if the temperature went up several degrees while lights are on?

A private window is often the best place to vent heat, but sometimes that’s not an option. I live in a condo with very public windows, so right now I actually vent the heat from my grow lights directly into the room. This raises the temperature by several degrees when the room is closed up, though has much less of an effect on the temperature when the window or door is open. It’s possible to vent heat directly out a window without anyone outside being able to tell, but it takes a bit of DIY (Do It Yourself) creativity.

A window fan pointing out can make a big difference if your grow lights raise the temperature of a room by a few degrees

3.) Space

Think about the places in the house with enough space for plants. Extra space is always nice! I recommend first-time growers start with a 2’x4’x6′ grow tent if possible. That gives you easy access to all your plants and plenty of height. Think about the places in the house that would accommodate that size tent. I have a tent that size in my bedroom, and it sort of looks like a clothes wardrobe at first glance.

This is a 2’x2’x3′ grow tent on left and 2’x4’x5′ grow tent on right

  1. Micro Grows, Stealth Boxes, and Mini Tents (smaller than 2’x4′ or 3’x3′) – yields up to several ounces
  2. Small Tents and Cabinets (around 2’x4′ or 3’x3′) – yields up to about a pound
  3. Large Tent – (larger than 3’x3’, but no larger than a 5’x5’) – yields up to about a max of 3 lbs
  4. Rooms or Extra Large Tents – (larger than 5′ x 5′) – can yield many pounds at a time

As far as height…

  • 3-4 feet of height – suitable for a mini grow (and that’s pushing it); can yield up to several ounces in a 2’x2′ space
  • 4-5 feet of height – for a small grow, could yield several ounces, possibly up to about a pound with expert care in a 2’x4′ or 3’x3′ space
  • 5-7+ feet of height (recommended for beginners) – having 5 or even better 6+ feet of height will make things much easier on you. This is because you usually won’t have to worry as much about your plants getting too tall. You don’t necessarily need all this height, but it’s nice!

If you’re not sure, I highly recommend a 2’x4’x6′ grow tent for beginners. It’s small enough that you have easy access to all your plants but big enough that you don’t need to worry about height and can harvest up to a pound of buds (or even more) if you use it correctly.

Best Place to Grow Cannabis in the House? Let’s look at your options. What places do you have available in your home to grow? This tutorial will help you figure out the best place to grow your