When we bemoan the issues that cause federal and state laws to become unclear and confusing, it is important to remember that the U.S. is effectively a continent with 50 different nations; (52 if you count D.C. Europe is also a continent, and it also has more than 50 countries. The laws surrounding marijuana seeds vary according to each nation but become less confusing because they are separate states.
That’s not to say that things don’t become complex! Did you know that cannabis seeds are also sold as ‘collector’s items’ and ‘additives’? In principle, cannabis seeds are not illegal in Europe, and it is possible to purchase seeds from another country. In general, when a product enters a European country, it becomes subject to that nation’s laws. The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, a 1962 framework for marijuana legalization, is an international treaty that was signed by 180 countries. In the treaty, marijuana is classed as an illegal substance, but marijuana seeds are not illegal . As international law takes precedence over a country’s own laws, cannabis seeds are technically legal in all 180 countries. Alas, it isn’t as easy as that, and it is much safer to purchase seeds from one European country than another.
Here’s a look at marijuana seed laws in a few major European nations: Germany : As seeds don’t fall under the German Narcotics Act, they are technically legal to purchase. However, Germany has prohibited the sale of cannabis seeds across the nation, the only EU member state to have done so. As Germany is subject to the EU’s free movement of goods, having seeds sent to Germany is fine. United Kingdom : At present, the UK allows for the purchase, sale, or trade of cannabis seeds whether you purchase them domestically or from another European nation. American buyers tend to use UK sellers such as Seedsman, who have been selling seeds globally since 2003. However, we’re not sure what will happen once the UK has left the EU. By the way, UK residents are not allowed to germinate cannabis seeds . Netherlands : It is shocking to learn that despite the nation’s relaxed attitude towards marijuana, it is still illegal! However, you should have no issue purchasing cannabis seeds from a Dutch-based seed company. Companies such as Nirvana, MSNL Seeds, and Amsterdam Marijuana Seeds also enjoy good reputations. France : Cannabis seeds are legal as long as they are not used for growing. However, you will struggle to find any reputable French cannabis seed dealer. Spain : Spain has a similarly lenient policy as the UK. Residents can buy and sell seeds as long as they are for personal use in private areas. These seeds come from one female and one male parent. As a result, there is a 50/50 chance that the plant will be the feminized version that carries all of those wonderful cannabinoids . As you have no control of the plant’s gender, there is a chance that you’ll waste weeks waiting for the gender to be revealed. You should purchase feminized seeds instead of their regular counterparts. These seeds have no male chromosomes and are guaranteed to provide resinous bud. In other words, you don’t have to wait for a guarantee which is NOT the case with ‘regular’ seeds. This type of seed is your best option if you want to grow your weed indoors. These seeds have genetics which evolved in northern Eurasia which means they are strong and sturdy. They are mixed with Cannabis Ruderalis , a plant known for its ability to grow in harsh weather conditions. One of the biggest advantages of autoflowering seeds is their ability to produce a minimum of two outdoor crops.
When you grow them indoors, however, you can produce four or five crops per annum. Certain strains can become mature in just ten weeks!
They are heavily resistant to mold and pests and produce a much higher yield when exposed to a powerful light source. As much as we would love to provide a definitive answer to the title question, we have to admit that it is complicated.