Am I Able to Grow More MMJ At Home During COVID-19 Lockdown?

We’re all living with a crazy amount of uncertainty these days. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has shown us that we simply can’t predict how much the world will change from one day to the next. One thing that is for certain is that medical marijuana (MMJ) patients will still need cannabis to help treat their physical or emotional medical conditions. As an MMJ cardholder, you’re probably concerned that you won’t be able to access all the MMJ products you need because the majority of the country is on lockdown or quarantined. Some people are feeling the need to stockpile to ensure they don’t run out. So if you’re wondering, “Am I able to grow more MMJ at home during COVID-19 lockdown?”, read the info below.

Can I grow with a medical card?

There are currently 33 states (plus Washington D.C.) that have legalized medical marijuana. That means if you’re a card-carrying MMJ patient, you can legally purchase the MMJ products you need to help with your symptoms. So, how many plants can you grow with a medical card? The answer is complicated. There are some states (such as New York and North Dakota) that do not permit patients to grow any of their own plants at home – they must purchase their products at licensed dispensaries only.

 

In the states where MMJ patients are permitted to grow and cultivate cannabis, the amount can vary widely. Each state has a limit, ranging from four all the way up to 12 plants that can be grown on an individual’s own property. There are sometimes restrictions that limit the number of mature plants vs. seedlings that you’re allowed to grow as well. Your best bet before deciding to grow any plants is to research the laws in the state where you live.

 

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Image by Christina Winter on Unsplash: MMJ patients should check with their own state’s restrictions to determine how much product they can grow.

How much MMJ can I grow at home during lockdown?

Because of the current pandemic and the government’s orders for most Americans to remain at home, you’re probably asking, “Can I grow more MMJ at home during coronavirus?” The answer to this is also a bit tricky. At this time, there has not been any immediate legislation passed to change the amount of MMJ that a person is allowed to grow during this time. Although there might be some areas where patients are finding it harder to access dispensaries, there isn’t really anything new in terms of how much cannabis you’re allowed to grow.

This isn’t to say that law enforcement might not be more relaxed with grow limits; there could be some entities that understand that everyone is just trying to get through this difficult time with the resources they depend upon to manage their health. But your best bet is to not assume that you can get away with growing more marijuana than usual. It’s better to be safe than sorry in this situation, so don’t automatically assume you can avoid penalties if you’re not sticking to the grow limits in your state.

How else can you get MMJ during lockdown?

There are other ways to get your MMJ products if you’re concerned about grow limitations. At this time, many dispensaries are still open, especially ones located in larger cities. In fact, many of them have been permitted to stay open since they’ve been deemed “essential services” in areas of California, New Jersey, and some other states. This means the government is recognizing that individuals rely on these businesses in a major way to help with their medical conditions.

Even if your dispensary is no longer operating during normal business hours or might not have the entire dispensary open for customers, many of these businesses are providing curbside pick-upws so you don’t even have to get out of your car to pick up your MMJ products. Some dispensaries are going the extra mile to be even more helpful to their customers by offering home deliveries to MMJ patients. This is great for customers who might already have found it difficult to leave their homes (a difficulty that is only magnified during this crisis).

 

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Image by Ndispensable on Unsplash: It might be possible for you to still get your MMJ products from local dispensaries, even during the lockdown.

 

Some local governments (e.g. Boston) have stated that they’ll allow MMJ patients to purchase more product during this time, in case they’re quarantined for many weeks. With this stipulation, patients can purchase a tad bit more cannabis than they normally would, such as a 60-day supply versus a 30-day one. It does seem as though some patients are taking advantage of this relaxed law, since many dispensaries are reporting an increase in their sales over the last couple of weeks. If you want to make sure you don’t run out of your MMJ products, you can research your state’s specific policies and see whether you’d be permitted to purchase more than you normally do (if you’re not wanting to grow your own plants).

If you’re concerned about not being able to get what you need from a dispensary, you might have the option of growing your own plants if it’s permitted in your state. Try to be conscious of how quickly you’re using up your supply during the pandemic; you might be able to have your products last longer by changing up the way you’re ingesting them, such as switching to edibles or tinctures that might last longer. Make sure to ask your doctor if you’re thinking of making any changes to your cannabis regimen. They might even be able to make some suggestions on how to make your supply last for a longer period of time with the same amount of efficacy.

Local dispensaries are another great resource during this time. Employees can help give you tips on how to maximize your MMJ supplies to last you during this lockdown period. Above all else, when in doubt, follow your state’s legislation and continue using your MMJ products to effectively treat your medical symptoms.

Featured image by Rick Proctor on Unsplash

Growing Medical Marijuana In Oklahoma: Everything You Need To Know

Growing your own medical marijuana is a fantastic option for many MMJ card holders. Luckily, in Oklahoma, it’s relatively simple to get started. Let’s take a look at the rules, requirements, and practicalities so you’ve got everything you need to start growing medical marijuana in Oklahoma.

Is It Legal To Grow Medical Marijuana In Oklahoma?

The first question, and the most important, is: does an Oklahoma medical marijuana card let you grow MMJ? The answer is yes! In Oklahoma, you can grow medical marijuana with only a medical marijuana patient license. An MMJ card allows a person to:

  • Consume marijuana legally;
  • Legally possess up to three (3) ounces (84.9 grams) of marijuana on their person;
  • Legally possess six mature marijuana plants;
  • Legally possess six seedling plants;
  • Legally possess (1) ounce (28.3 grams) of concentrated marijuana;
  • Legally possess seventy-two (72) ounces (2,037.6 grams) of edible marijuana; and
  • Legally possess up to eight (8) ounces (226.4 grams)of marijuana in their residence.

For growing, this means you are able to cultivate six full plants or six seedlings, depending on what else you have, since possession is considered cumulative. Any more than this and you need to be a commercial grower, which requires a grower’s permit. This is only necessary if you are looking to grow commercially – if you’re growing for personal consumption, a regular MMJ patient license will suffice.

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Growing medical marijuana in Oklahoma can be a great option for many MMJ card holders.

To get an MMJ card in Oklahoma you need to apply to OMMA, the state’s MMJ governing body. You’ll need to submit your personal details, proof of Oklahoma residency, proof of identity, a clear, color, full-face digital photograph, and a physician’s recommendation. Some people opt to go to their regular doctor for this, but many more prefer to apply for this recommendation online through a platform such as MMJRecs. To do so, you simply need to submit a standard medical form along with the necessary attachments, then have a video consultation with a registered professional. If they believe you will benefit from medical marijuana, they are able to recommend you for a card. Completing the process online is preferable for many potential MMJ patients, as it means doing the whole thing from the comfort of your own home with professionals who know what they’re talking about.

How To Grow Medical Marihuana In Oklahoma: Dos and Don’ts

As stated before, the law stipulates a growing cap of six mature marijuana plants or six seedlings. In addition to the limitations on how much you can grow, there are also very strict rules about who can consume it – namely, only you. You can’t give or sell your medical marijuana to anybody else, nor any other entity; this means you can’t sell it to processors or dispensaries. Additionally, Oklahoma legislation states that “medical marijuana grown by medical marijuana patient license holders or caregivers may only be grown on real property owned by the patient license holder or on real property for which the patient license holder has the property owner’s written permission to grow medical marijuana on the property.” It can’t be grown where it is accessible to a member of the general public, nor can it be visible from “any street adjacent to the property.”

Furthermore, after growing MMJ, you can’t legally “operate or otherwise use any extraction equipment or processes utilizing butane, propane, carbon dioxide or any potentially hazardous material.”

Now we’ve covered the legalities of growing medical marijuana in Oklahoma, let’s look at the practicalities. Like many plants, it requires specifics to thrive, so if you’re looking to grow often, take the time to do your research. However, unlike other plants, medical marijuana can sometimes bloom in total darkness. That said, it’s still better to try to optimize your plants by providing them with plenty of light, water, and fertilizer. Your plants will respond well to fertilizer during their vegetative growth period, and using one high in nitrogen can help boost rapid growth. Once the plants flower, switch to a fertilizer that’s rich in phosphates and potassium, since this will help encourage large buds. The flowering stage is the last in marijuana’s lifecycle, so the plant will die after this. But by this stage you should have harvested what you need, and can then start the whole process again.

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If you choose to grow MMJ in Oklahoma, just follow the rules and regulations and you’ll be fine.

What If You Don’t Want To Grow MMJ In Oklahoma?

Growing your own medical marijuana is not for everyone. Some MMJ card holders aren’t able to due to their ailments, and others may just not have much of a green thumb. That’s fine – there are other ways to get medical marijuana in Oklahoma without growing it. The main one is, of course, finding a local dispensary, and there’s no shortage to choose from; Oklahoma State has approved more than 1,500 dispensaries since medical marijuana was legalized.

If you are unable to grow medical marijuana for health reasons and have opted to have a caregiver apply for an MMJ card on your behalf, they are able to fulfill the same cultivation rights as you would. However, they can only do this for up to five patients.

Growing medical marijuana in Oklahoma is relatively simple, and so long as you stay within the restrictions imposed by the OMMA, you should have no problems cultivating a great crop. The most important thing to do before you start growing is to make sure you have a valid MMJ card – a process that’s simple if you go through MMJRecs!