In France, weed seeds are legal as long as they are not used for the cultivation of a cannabis plant but residents in France can’t buy cannabis seeds in head shops. They have to buy the seeds online.
Is it legal to buy weed seeds online?
In general, the purchase of cannabis seeds as a collector’s item or for other purposes than breeding is considered legal. However, the legislation on cannabis is often very confusing. Many countries tolerate the use, possession and cultivation of small quantities, other countries have a total ban while more and more countries are legalizing cannabis or working on it. However, cannabis seeds are a separate story in this discussion.
In 1962, a single Convention on Narcotic Drugs was signed by 180 Member countries in the context of a global legislation that considers cannabis an illicit substance. Not the seed itself.
Strictly, a cannabis seed is not a weed nor a drug. The seed contains no narcotic components so you won’t get stoned from it but what it makes complicated is that you can grow a cannabis plant with a cannabis seed.
Conclusion: technically cannabis seeds are legal in all of these 180 member states. In theory, it’s perfectly legal to buy cannabis seeds as long as they are not germinated and the public prosecutor can’t prove that you want to grow cannabis. Many countries therefore don’t see cannabis seeds as illegal but also not as legal. The seed itself is probably allowed, but the germination of the seed isn’t always. A lot of ambiguity.
In this blog, we try to answer the question per country: is it legal to buy weed seeds online?
Different rules per country
In Europe it’s allowed to buy and sell small quantities cannabis seeds (online). However, big sales to individuals aren’t allowed because it can encourage large-scale breeding. Yet it remains unclear where the dividing line is between small and large scale quantities.
In addition, in spite to the 1962 treaty all countries in the world still have their own regulations regarding cannabis seeds We therefore strongly advise everyone to check the legality of cannabis seeds in their own country before buying.
Please note: Below, you see a list of countries and the regulations. We have done our greatest best to display the regulations per county as clearly as possible. The regulations concerning cannabis seeds can be adapted per country and from time to time. Because it’s impossible for us to keep up with the regulations for each country, this information should never be interpreted as legal advice. We don’t want to encourage the sales of cannabis seeds in countries where cannabis seeds are illegal.
If you think the information on this page is incorrect or when information is missing, please let us know immediately. In that way we can adjust the information and provide everyone with up-to-date and relevant information.
Is it possible to buy cannabis seeds in the Netherlands online and in a legal way?
In the Netherlands cannabis seeds are legal and may be bought and sold. However, the legislation is unclear about the amount of cannabis seeds you can buy or sell without promoting large-scale breeding. What might be amazing is that growing more than 5 cannabis plants is illegal in Holland and is seen as a criminal act. However, if you cultivate a maximum of 5 cannabis plants it will be tolerated by the Dutch law.
The legality of cannabis seeds in Germany
Are you planning to buy cannabis seeds in Germany? Good news. Buying cannabis seeds online is legal in Germany. The seeds don’t fall under the German narcotics law. However, Germany is one of the few countries that prohibit the sale of cannabis seeds, but because free movement of goods is allowed within the EU it’s permitted to receive cannabis seeds in Germany.
Is it legal to buy cannabis seeds online in the UK?
If you live in the UK and you want to buy marijuana seeds we have some good news. In the United Kingdom it’s legal to buy and sell cannabis seeds. Besides, it doesn’t matter where you buy your seeds. That may be in the United Kingdom itself or from another country. However, keep in mind that the germination of cannabis seeds is still illegal in the UK.
Can you send cannabis seeds to the USA in a legal way?
Inhabitants of the USA have to deal with other regulations. According to federal law, weed seeds are banned in all states, but because several states such as Michigan, Oklahoma, Vermont, Alaska, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Columbia now allow medical marijuana (and weed for recreational use) the rules for purchasing seeds are adjusted.
Therefore residents from the United States are dependent on the legislation in their own state. For example, the rules in California are different than in Tennessee, Texas, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Ohio, Washington, Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Hawaii, or NYC.
If you live in a state where it’s legal to buy medical or recreational cannabis it’s probably also allowed to buy cannabis seeds. However, you have to check this before you buy your weed seeds.
Is it possible to legally buy cannabis seeds online in Canada?
Are you a Canadian resident and do you want to buy cannabis seeds? Please pay attention to the following. Although the federal government made it legal to grow four plants per household if the seeds originate from a legal source, it’s not possible to buy cannabis seeds legally. In Canada, there are no legal sales points for cannabis seeds available. This means you can’t buy cannabis seeds without breaking the law.
In addition, rules concerning home growth vary from province to province. For example in B.C, plants may not be visible to the public and in New Brunswick the plants must be in a confined space.
Can you buy cannabis seeds legally in Australia?
In Australia it’s legal to buy cannabis seeds. However, it’s only legal if you have a prescription for medicinal cannabis. This also applies to the cultivation of your own weed. If you don’t have such a recipe and you are caught with marijuana seeds, the police will probably consider the seeds as illegal and confiscated them.
For non-medicinal users, cannabis seeds are therefore illegal. Nevertheless, there are dispensaries that are currently selling seeds. In addition, most Australians are buying cannabis seeds via online web shops.
Is it legal to buy weed seeds online in New Zealand (NZ)?
In New Zealand cannabis seeds are illegal and you can’t buy them in dispensaries. Therefore, most new Zealanders are buying cannabis seeds online.
Are cannabis seeds legally for sale in Spain?
Spain is a decentralized country with autonomous regions that can define their own regulations. Nevertheless, the policy of the provinces on cannabis seeds is almost the same everywhere: buying and selling cannabis seeds in Spain is permitted for private use. It’s therefore not strictly illegal to own and grow a few cannabis seeds in Spain unless it can be proven that you are planning to trade in weed.
Legality of cannabis seeds in France
In France, weed seeds are legal as long as they are not used for the cultivation of a cannabis plant but residents in France can’t buy cannabis seeds in head shops. They have to buy the seeds online.
Is it possible to buy cannabis seeds in Italy legally?
Italians can buy cannabis seeds both online and in stores but like in many other countries the germination of the seeds is an illegal activity.
Can cannabis seeds in South Africa be legally purchased?
South Africa has decriminalized the use of cannabis in a private room, but there are still some question. For example, whether you can buy cannabis seeds legally. South Africa has a strange policy when it comes to cannabis seeds. In South Africa the purchase and sale of cannabis seeds is prohibited, but you may have cannabis seeds in your possession..
Is it possible to buy cannabis seeds online in Mexico legally?
To us it’s unknown whether cannabis seeds in Mexico are legal or illegal.
Do you want to buy weed seeds?
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GWE’s Best Cannabis Banks: Where To Buy Marijuana Seeds Online
We have maintained this list since 2010 with reviews of the marijuana seed sources that we use at GrowWeedEasy.com. These seed banks take online orders and ship cannabis seeds worldwide (including the USA). We only recommend companies with outstanding stealth, reliability, customer service, and seed quality. This certainly isn’t a list of all good seed banks, but these are the seed banks we know and use ourselves.
It’s scary ordering cannabis seeds online for the first time, and it’s really important to make sure you get your seeds from a trusted source! Not only will that help ensure your safety and security, it also keeps you from getting scammed or ripped off with poor quality seeds or even no seeds!
Learn about cannabis seed banks that deliver to you!
(including all states in the U.S.)
GrowWeedEasy Cannabis Seed Bank List of 2018
This list contains trustworthy seed sources for buying cannabis seeds online
- Free seed promotions & huge selection of strains
- Choose their “Guaranteed Delivery” option when checking out for guaranteed stealth shipping. This ensures your seeds will get to you no matter what.
- They only carry strains by reputable breeders, and also breed and grow their own strains in-house. They make it easy to find a strain for your needs and grow space – use their seed selector to find a suitable strain
- Long-lasting & trustworthy company – Seedsman has been providing cannabis seeds since 2003 and they have made a name for themselves as a professional seed source.
- Accepts a wide variety of payment options (bank transfer, cash, credit cards, debit cards, checks, postal orders, money orders, Bitcoin – recommended for discounts and nobody but you and the seller can know what you are buying)
- Choosing to add “Guaranteed Delivery” to your order combined with the price of shipping can make ordering from this place a little pricey, especially if you’re buying just a few seeds at a time.
Located: Seeds Sourced in Holland / Netherlands & Shipped out of UK
- MSNL was founded by a geneticist and only carries hand-selected strains
- Prompt shipping, extra stealth options and guaranteed shipping available.
- In business since 1999, and selling cannabis seeds online via their current domain since 2003
- Accepts a wide variety of payment methods including Cash, Bank Wire Transfer, International Money Order and most major Debit/Credit cards
- They only carry their own strains, so they have a relatively small selection. That being said, we’ve typically gotten good feedback on their strains in the forum and email.
Amsterdam Marijuana Seeds (AMS)
Located: Amsterdam, Netherlands
- We first learned of AMS seed bank after growers wrote in with positive feedback about them. They are also popular in the forum.
- AMS only carries hand-selected strains, and growers have been happy with the quality of their genetics
- They are known for excelling at customer service.
- Quick shipping, stealthy packaging and guaranteed delivery
- They’ve been selling seeds online since 2002
- Accepts a w >
- They only carry their own strains, so they have a relatively small selection with around 100 strains
How Should I Pay for Seeds?
USA residents, please note that international orders will usually not go through if you try to use a standard pre-paid debit or credit card to order seeds unless it specifically says it will work internationally.
Debit or Credit Cards
What do we use to pay at GWE? I (Nebula) personally use a regular credit card every time I order cannabis seeds online. I’ve also used a debit card, too.
I like using a credit card when ordering seeds because in general credit card companies tend to offer better protection for online purchases than a bank. If there ever is a problem with a purchase of any kind, a credit card company will instantly give you a refund, while a bank tends to make you wait while they do an investigation.
Although this has never happened to me personally, when placing an order sometimes a card won’t go through because the overseas transaction has been flagged as suspicious because you don’t typically order things from overseas on that card. If that happens to you, you may need to call your bank to let them know you approve of the order. From what I’ve heard from growers in our growing forum, this seems to be a relatively quick and easy process. You could also always take your card and try somewhere else. It seems like this only happens with certain card and seed company combinations, and sometimes trying another company with the same card will work immediately without contacting your bank.
What About Paypal?
You will rarely see a seed company that offers Paypal as a listed payment option. This is because cannabis seed sales are prohibited by Paypal and a seed company’s account will get shut down instantly if Paypal finds out what they’re selling. However, just between you and me, sometimes if you email a seed company first and ask, they’ll be able to accommodate you with alternate payment options that aren’t offered on their website. But make sure to be cool and don’t ever message a seed company through Paypal so they don’t get in trouble. Always email seed companies through their personal email or website!
Is It Safe to Send Cash?
I personally have never sent cash through the mail. However, I know dozens of our readers and forum members have bought seeds online with cash, and (a little surprisingly to me) they don’t seem to have many problems. If you do send cash, make sure to only use a trusted seed source like the ones listed above, and always wrap your cash in paper so no one can see there’s cash inside through the envelope! It’s probably a good idea to start with a relatively small order, so you can test the system and the company before sending a large amount of cash through the mail! Remember, once it’s lost, it’s lost!
Which strain should I buy for my first grow?
There’s lots of great information about strains online, and via the Seed Finder link above.
My best suggestion is to do a little research on the strain and breeder, and grow a strain that seems interesting or exciting to you. If you’re still not sure, a great option for first time growers is Northern Light, since this strain is potent, stays short, is easy to grow, quick to harvest, and has a relatively low smell compared to most other strains.
But there are lots of strains that are suitable for first-time growers! What’s most important is to choose a strain that intrigues you, that way you’ll be unbelievably excited when you receive your seeds!
What’s the Best Marijuana Seed Bank?
Although there is no “best cannabis seed bank” there are many companies that have been used by hundreds of real cannabis growers like you and proven to be great and consistent sources of marijuana seeds.
The two creators of this site (Sirius and Nebula) live in the US and we rely exclusively on ordering seeds overseas for our own grows. We aren’t commercial farmers. We put together this list of popular seed sources including the ones we order from the most and why. Each of these marijuana seedbanks, seed vendors, and breeders have been put on this list based on their reliability, stealth, strain choice and how long they’ve been in the business. However, there are many other seedbanks and many of them are great! We just don’t personally have experience with them and only want to recommend what we know.
Get the best results by starting with seeds from a trustworthy seed source!
Safety Precautions For Buying Marijuana Seeds Online
If you’ve never done anything like this before, I bet your heart is racing at the idea of ordering something like cannabis seeds online. Federal law prohibits people from growing cannabis and you are worried. That’s good! It’s good to be careful, especially when it comes to growing weed! But…
Due to current customs laws in America, if your seed package from overseas gets caught in the mail, you don’t get put on a list.
First of all, I’m talking from not just my own experience (I’ve been ordering cannabis seeds online regularly since 2008) but also the experience of the thousands of growers from the USA who write in to GrowWeedEasy.com or talk about growing in the forum. For myself and for other growers, on the occasions where my seeds have been caught by customs in the mail, the U.S. customs agents simply toss the seeds and send you the rest of your package with an official looking letter explaining that your seeds were confiscated.
If that happens you, the next step is to contact the seed bank so they’ll send you a replacement package. Unless otherwise stated, all reputable seed banks will replace your seeds if they somehow get lost in the mail, and no one gives it a second thought. That’s how routine it is!
Many, many growers order seeds online every day, and to this day there has never been a report of someone in the USA getting in legal trouble for simply ordering cannabis seeds online. You can check me on that! In fact, American citizens have been ordering seeds overseas via mail order from Amsterdam since at least the 1970s, and even though it’s been over 40 years there hasn’t been a case of an American getting in legal trouble simply for ordering cannabis seeds online through the mail!
An American citizen won’t get in legal trouble for ordering cannabis seeds online from outside the country
However, because of the (backwards) way U.S. federal laws work surrounding cannabis, you can get in a lot of legal trouble for selling or sending seeds from one place to another within the USA, even between legal states! That’s why you never see long-term cannabis seed banks located in the U.S.
When marijuana seeds get caught by customs agents during shipping, the seeds get tossed and that’s it. It doesn’t matter what state you’re in, or your local laws. That is simply the way our laws about customs work. On the flip side, a U.S. sender can get in a lot of trouble by sending seeds from one place to the other within the U.S. (though this is still very, very rare).
Sometimes it’s better to hear it from other people, so I encourage you to join our grow forum and ask questions and hear answers from real people. This is a very personal decision, and you need to listen to your instincts, but I believe the evidence speaks for itself!
Cannabis seeds are often dark brown with stripes. However, the stripes are actually the result of a coating. If you rub the coating off, you will have a more pale, tan-colored seed underneath. Some seeds never really grow a good coating. It’s a good sign if a coating is there just because it means the seeds weren’t handled too much, but some of my best plants have come from tan seeds. These are all viable cannabis seeds, displaying the variation of colors you might run into.
A big tip for ordering cannabis seeds online…
Be Patient! In my experience ordering cannabis seeds from overseas, they generally arrive at my house in the US about 1-4 weeks after my initial order. It’s normally pretty quick, but it can take longer. I had a package go missing once, and they sent another. I got the replacement, and then a week later the original one showed up, a full 6 weeks after it was shipped!
I guess what I’m trying to say is, if it’s only been a few weeks, try to be patient and not worry because packages can get caught up. But if it’s been more than 2 or 3 weeks definitely contact the seed bank with any questions! They have experience with this and will be able to help you!
So what should you be worried about when it comes to security? Telling People!
When it comes to ordering seeds online, you have a lot of wiggle room as far as law enforcement is concerned if you live in the US or the UK. In these countries ordering seeds online is really a non-priority and the government is going to leave you alone about it. While they will go after growers they will not go after people just for ordering seeds.
So that’s a really important distinction you need to remember. When it comes to growing security, seeds by themselves may be technically illegal but you will never get in trouble for merely possessing seeds. It’s not worth anyone’s time to go after you for that.
What you need to be worried about is making sure no one knows you’re actually growing cannabis, that you currently have live cannabis plants in your house. That is what the government and law enforcement (as well as thieves) actually care about. They don’t want to knock down the door of anyone who may have ordered seeds, and instead put their resources into people who have been reported to be growing live plants.
Telling someone about your plants is hands-down the number one reason growers get caught – they told someone, whether it was a friend, a stranger, or even a family member, and that person (often meaning the best) told someone else, who told the wrong person…
How to Really Not Get Caught…
Don’t tell your friends that you’re growing! This may seem like it’s common sense, but this is the number one most common reason cannabis growers get caught, because they told a friend who told a friend who told the wrong person. Hundreds of seeds get confiscated every day, but no one gets in legal trouble.
Don’t worry about seeds getting caught in the mail; worry about a friend or family member finding out! No matter how much you trust someone, you can never trust someone else as closely as yourself. Never ever tell anyone you grow your own weed, for any reason. It’s tempting to brag about your awesome growing skills and top-shelf bud, but you never want to even hint that you know how to grow to anyone! If other people are talking about growing marijuana, bite your lip and act dumb!
Remember: If you can’t trust yourself not to tell anyone, how can you trust them not to tell anyone else?
Although it’s important to keep your marijuana grow hidden, keeping it a secret is even more important!
If you have done your research and are now considering purchasing cannabis seeds online, then you may be surprised to learn that it is actually very reliable and safe to buy your marijuana seeds online from a reputable seed bank. Some seed banks will even take payments from Paypal if you contact them first!
Have you decided you want to see a marijuana leaf growing in real life? Have you dreamed of seeing a real live marijuana plant growing in your home?
Ordering weed seeds online from a seed bank will allow you to purchase feminized seeds (all-female marijuana seeds) and will also let you pick the exact strain to match your size and time requirements.
Having only female weed seeds is a huge advantage for the small grower who won’t be breeding new strains and may have limited space and doesn’t want to have to waste time and energy on throwing away half their cannabis plants at the flowering stage because they ended up being male cannabis plants.
Easy access to buy incredibly potent cannabis strains is another great reason many growers choose to buy weed seeds online.
Common Question: Where do I buy marijuana seeds in the USA?
You have only a few real options:
- Use random bagseed that you find
- Know someone who will sell, trade or give you seeds/clones
- Buy seeds of specific marijuana strains online
It’s surprisingly easy to buy marijuana seeds online at a cannabis seed bank, marijuana breeder, or other vendor
Before anyone can start growing marijuana they have to first get their hands on marijuana seeds or clones.
Marijuana seeds are often the easiest for new growers to start with because, unlike marijuana clones, they don’t require access to someone who is already growing marijuana plants. When you see your first tiny little weed leaf you will know it was all worth it!
USA Residents Please Note:
For USA residents, international orders will not go through if you try to use a pre-paid debit or credit card. This used to be a way to add security to your order (purchase a pre-paid card in cash, then use that to make your online order) but these cards no longer work with any international order due to a change in laws that occured in 2012. However, there are lots of safe options to get marijuana seeds in the USA.
If you’re trying to figure out which cannabis seed banks deliver to the USA or another specific part of the world, you can find those answers in the list on this page!
The tips and advice in this article about buying marijuana seeds online are only meant to be used by those who can legally buy marijuana seeds and grow marijuana according to all applicable laws. We are not lawyers and are not able to provide any sort of legal advice. We do not in any way recommend that you use this information to buy pot seeds if it is not legal for you to do so. Please do not proceed to use any of this seed sales information if you will commit a crime by following the steps outlined in this article, even if you are growing for pain relief, medical research, or another reasonable purpose.