Starting Your Own Cannabis Seed Bank is a Great Way to Get New Strains
How and why should you start your own marijuana seed bank?
Starting Your Own Seed Bank is a Great Way to Get New Strains
If you’ve been growing cannabis, odds are that you have come across a few male plants in your day. This is of course if you didn’t buy feminized seeds. Myself – I love to buy swhaggy street weed because it’s one of the best ways to get a wide variety of seeds at low cost. Especially if the weed hits you and has seeds, it means that if grown properly – you can get some pretty potent weed on the cheap.
In most cases, growers get rid of male plants because they have crazy cross-pollinating abilities. That’s because cannabis pollen can travel more than 10-miles. So if you have some gnarly cannabis growing – you won’t want to have a male anywhere near it because the moment that the male plant begins to pollenate a female plant – the production of THC stops.
This is why cannabis growers prefer to have an “all-female cast” when growing because you can maximize THC production and make more potent weed. However, after a few crop cycles – you’ll probably want to do something “more” with your cannabis growing. In these cases, let me show you how you can start your own seed bank by cross breeding weed.
Make a Weed Sex Box!
One of the major issues with breeding cannabis is cross-pollination. Especially if you have multiple males from different plants. The only way to ensure that there is no cross pollination is to create a separate space for the males.
Fortunately, you won’t need a monster area to do this or even expensive lights. All you really need is enough lumens to be able to induce the flowering cycle – 6000 lumens at least. You can pull this off with something as simple as two big CFL lights.
Next, you’d want to ensure that there is no leakage or space for the pollen to escape from. Additionally, if you do have the space – I’d recommend making the grow box or area in an entirely separate place. This way you minimize the chances of a pollen-spill.
Once you have this space – you can take all of your male plants [the ones from good genetics] and move it into this spot. Then, simply let them go through the flowering cycle.
You’ll notice that the male plant starts producing pollen from very young. Unlike female cannabis that takes time to develop the flower – a male plant will pollenate a week or two into the flowering cycle. The pollen sacks bust open and from it spills the pollen which then would travel to the female to impregnate her.
What you can do is wait until there is enough pollen, take a plastic zip-lock or even a plastic or glass container, and simply harvest the pollen. Be sure to label the pollen correctly. Build up a pollen stash from different genetics.
Now you’ve got yourself one part of the equation.
Finding the right female
My journey into cross-breeding started one day when I left a plant outside in the cold. It got to below 6º C, which is far too cold for cannabis. The plant magically survived, except – it was deformed. Fortunately, it still started to flower.
What strain was this? Gorilla Glue! Fortunately, from the two Gorilla Glue seeds I planted – one was a male and the other was female. Considering that I only have about 6 more Gorilla Glue seeds – I decided to cross breed the two and multiply my seed stash.
Why? Because by itself, the Gorilla Glue is very potent and bushes out very nicely. Especially if you decide to prune it to bush it.
The male was moved away from my other females and separated by a room. I then, allowed the male to continue to grow – but with less light as to control the pollen production.
When I tapped the plant once – I noticed a bunch of pollen fall from its sacks, and that’s when I decided to sex the two plants.
Sexing your cannabis plants
Now that both the male and female were producing flower, I took the female and brought her to the male. I picked up the male and simply tapped it as I held it over the female. The pollen fell towards the pistils and I put it back.
Now, it’s a waiting game – and in all likeliness, I’ll follow the sexing protocol one more time. Will this produce a lot of seeds? Probably…but that’s the point. I want to get as many seeds from this one plant as possible – that way I can have a major stash of Gorilla Glue and with the pollen on hand, I can now begin to cross breed with other plants I find.
For example, if I find a plant that produces more bud than the gorilla glue – I’d cross breed it with the gorilla glue and as a result, would birth a new strain.
How to Start a Cannabis Seed Bank on Your Own
Have you ever wondered how to sell your homegrown weed seeds? In most states and countries, you can’t just sell seeds that you cultivated. You need to use legal ways to distribute and sell your products like a local seed bank or through your own seed bank business. And if you like the idea of starting your own cannabis seed bank, then we’ll guide you. Here are steps on how to start a cannabis seed bank on your own.
Steps How to Start a Cannabis Seed Bank on Your Own?
Imagine selling the seeds you’ve grown in your garden in your very own seed bank? With your own business, you can also sell other seeds grown by other growers or suppliers. And why stop there? Aside from cannabis seeds, you can also sell growing equipment and supplies like growing soil, lighting, humidifiers, growing pots, growing tents, and cabinets.
1. Understand the Rules About Growing and Sale of Cannabis Seeds in Your Area
Before you even start planning for your cannabis business, it’s safe to check and recheck cannabis growing and sale rules and regulations. Is medical and recreational cannabis legal in your area? Is the cultivation of cannabis allowed?
If you are unsure about the legality of marijuana in your location, consult a cannabis local office, or use resources online. Take note that rules change, and it’s possible for regulations to change without any notice.
2. Plan Your Cannabis Seed Bank Business
After a careful understanding of the legalities of growing cannabis in your area, it’s time to focus on how your cannabis seed bank will operate. The very first thing to consider is whether you want to establish an actual seed bank (a physical store) or an online seed bank.
If You Want a Physical Seed Bank
Consider the following as you plan and set up your physical seed bank business.
1. Location (interior and exterior)
It’s important to consider the location of your physical seed bank. Take note of the proximity to frequented areas like hotels, casinos, shopping centers, restaurants, and tourist destinations. Check if there are rules or ordinances regarding the construction of a seed bank in an urban area. You might come across some rules like the establishment that must be located away from schools, playgrounds, parks, churches, hospitals, and other specific areas.
A part of considering your business location is the actual structure where you will conduct business. Are you considering leasing a storefront, or are you using your own property? Will you be constructing a store from scratch or renovating a commercial property?
Other things to consider would be the exterior and interior design of your establishment. Should you hire a professional to design your store, or are you doing the designs yourself? Consider putting emphasis on what your customers are looking for and what they want in a seed bank shop. Also, take note of seed bank interior designs of competitor stores.
Your seed bank must look professional yet inviting with a secure storefront. An area must be set up indoors where customers can wait, check out the products you offer, and where they can get more information about cannabis.
Consider high-class seed banks and dispensaries in Nevada if you want a professional, chic and modern interior design. Or you may want a fun, educational style seed bank just like what you’ll get from Canadian and European seed banks.
Do you plan on selling homegrown seeds? Or do you wish to sell different kinds of seeds and strains? Research on the strains and types of seeds that your customers are looking for. Consider the most popular strains, seeds that growers in your area.
It’s important to maintain the quality of your products. Consider partnering with growers and breeders in your area to offer organic or local variety strains. It’s also a good thing to check out international seed banks to provide good quality imported seeds.
Other products that you can sell other than seeds include growing equipment, tools, and supplies. You can also sell guide books, growing bibles, and other helpful books for beginner growers.
3. How Your Business will Operate
You need to consider exactly how your business will operate as you need to include these details in your business permit application. Take note of the hours of operation, how customers can order your products, how payment goes, how the products will be packaged, and if you are going to provide home deliveries.
Almost all successful physical cannabis seed banks have an online store. This online site will help you take orders from customers locally abroad if you plan to offer your products internationally. There are many more considerations in stating how your physical seed bank business will operate, and the more detailed your description is, the better.
Do you intend to hire a budtender, a shop worker, and security personnel? If so, then you need to consider your worker’s salary, benefits, and additional compensation. Consider staffing, your worker’s different job descriptions, and more.
Consider security equipment and personnel in your cannabis seed bank. All seed banks operate in cash, and thus, these businesses are very prone to robberies and other crimes. An efficient security system is not just for your protection but also for your customers’ safety as well. And the more your customers feel secure in your establishment, the more they are likely to buy from you again.
If You Want an Online Seed Bank
Suppose you prefer an online seed bank rather than a physical one. For this kind of business, you need knowledge and skills to set up an online seed bank site. Consider the following:
1. Your Business Domain
Website domains may be purchased online. Domains ensure that you’re the only one to use a certain URL to help your customers find you easily. Also, check out local laws regarding the registry of all cannabis online sites. In some states and countries, only regulated online businesses will be allowed to operate.
2. The Products You Want to Sell
As with actual seed banks, consider the type of products you wish to sell. Do you sell all types of seeds, popular cannabis strains, or strains grown abroad? Do you plan to offer international deliveries, stealth shipment, or regular/local shipment only?
3. The Payment Methods that You Accept
Unlike physical cannabis seed banks, online seed banks are able to accept other forms of payment like a credit card, bank transfers, money transfers, checks, cash, and Bitcoin. Consider these very popular payment options in your own cannabis seed bank.
4. The Delivery Methods You’re Using
Consider the most common delivery methods from where you’re located, such as express delivery and regular deliveries. Meanwhile, some online seed banks also provide stealth shipment. For an additional fee, seed banks ship seeds inside special containers that look like regular objects. This way, your orders won’t be seized as it passes through security and border patrol.
5. The Price of Your Products and Delivery/shipment
Base your product pricing from rates offered locally. You may check out how much other seed banks are asking; make sure to check prices locally and internationally. Consider too the price of shipment locally and abroad.
6. Online Marketing
You must consider professional, expert online marketing to help you reach more customers. Online marketing will make you stand out in Google, so your potential customers will easily locate you.
3. Register Your Business and Get a License
Now that you know clearly what your business would be, it’s time to secure a license for it. The requirements you need to secure a license depends on where you’re located. You also need permits for the distribution of other products as well as a health or sanitation permit if you plan to erect your own cannabis seed bank. Cannabis business requirements vary and may change without any announcements.
4. Talk to Other Seed Banks and Retailers
Get to know your competition, other seed banks, and retailers in your area. Check out how they run their business, the variety of products that they offer, and many more. Now that you know how to start a cannabis seed bank, you may now start planning for your seed bank business. Keep a positive attitude and consider all the steps to start your business. Surely, success won’t be too far behind.
Cannabis seeds 101: How to grow marijuana from seed
Cannabis is grown from one of two sources: a seed or a clone. Seeds carry genetic information from two parent plants and can express many different combinations of traits: some from the mother, some from the father, and some traits from both.
In commercial cannabis production, generally, growers will plant many seeds of one strain and choose the best plant. They will then take clones from that individual plant, which allows for consistent genetics for mass production.
If cannabis is legal in your state, you can buy seeds or clones from a local dispensary, or online through various seed banks.
Cannabis seeds vs. clones
For the typical homegrower, it may be easier to obtain cannabis seeds rather than clones. Growing from seed can produce a stronger plant with more solid genetics.
Plants grown from seed can be more hearty as young plants when compared to clones, mainly because seeds have a strong taproot. You can plant seeds directly into an outdoor garden in early spring, even in cool, wet climates.
If growing outside, some growers prefer to germinate seeds inside because they are delicate in the beginning stages of growth. Indoors, you can give weed seedlings supplemental light to help them along, and then transplant them outside when big enough.
Most seeds that you will buy are regular seeds as described above, but here are a couple more types.
How weed seeds work
Cannabis can be either male or female—also called “dioecious”—but only females produce the buds we all know and love. For reproduction, males have pollen sacs and pollinate females, causing female flowers to produce seeds.
Once cannabis seeds are mature, the female plant begins to die, and seeds are either dropped to the ground where they grow into new cannabis plants next spring, or the seeds are harvested for processing into seed oil or food products, or stored so they can be sown in the ground later and become the next generation of plants.
To get the buds found in medical and recreational stores, female cannabis plants are grown in an environment without males—or the males are removed from the area before they release pollen—so the females don’t create seeds. Females can then focus their energies on producing buds and not seeds—this high-potency marijuana is traditionally known as “sinsemilla,” meaning “seedless.”
Some varieties of cannabis can produce male parts alongside female flowers on the same plant, especially if exposed to environmental stressors. These plants are known as hermaphrodites, and sometimes they can self-pollinate to create seeds.
Pros and cons of using cannabis seeds
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If buying from a reputable breeder or seed bank, growing from seed is the best way to ensure your plants will have solid genetics and start clean, meaning they won’t come with diseases or pests.
Also, buying from a reputable breeder or seed bank will give you a sense of what a particular strain will look and smell like, how it will grow, and how much it will yield at harvest.
The main drawback to growing from seed is there is no guarantee as to what you’ll end up with—if you buy a regular pack of cannabis seeds, it will be a mix of males and females. You’ll need to sex them out (more below) to identify the males and get rid of them, because you don’t want your females producing seeds.
Sexing marijuana plants can be a time-consuming process, and if you don’t catch males, there is a risk that even one males can pollinate your entire crop, causing all of your female weed plants to produce seeds.
One way to avoid sexing plants is to buy feminized seeds (more below), which ensures every seed you plant will be a bud-producing female.
You can also minimize headaches and avoid the hassle of seed germination and sexing plants by starting with clones.
How weed clones work
Aside from producing cannabis through seeds, or sexual reproduction, you can also reproduce the plant through cloning, or asexual reproduction. A clone is a cutting that is genetically identical to the plant it was taken from—that plant is known as the “mother.”
Pros and cons of using cannabis clones
Through cloning, you can create a new harvest with exact replicas of your favorite plant. Because genetics are identical, a clone will give you a plant with the same characteristics as the mother, such as flavor, cannabinoid profile, yield, grow time, etc. So if you come across a specific strain or phenotype you really like, you might want to clone it to reproduce more buds that have the same effects and characteristics.
With cloning, you don’t have to get new seeds every time you want to grow another plant—you just take a cutting of the old plant—and you don’t have to germinate seeds or sex them out and get rid of the males.
One drawback of clones is they need to be taken during the vegetative stage of a plant—flower is too late—so if you have a small setup with only one light, it can be hard to keep clones alive while flowering other plants, because the two need different amounts of light.
Another drawback to clones is they can take on negative traits from the mother plant as well. If the mother has a disease, attracts pests, or grows weak branches, its clones will probably have the same issues.
Additionally, every long-time grower will tell you that clones degrade over time.
What are feminized cannabis seeds?
Feminized cannabis seeds will produce only female plants for getting buds, so there is no need to remove males or worry about female plants getting pollinated. Feminized seeds are produced by causing the monoecious condition in a female cannabis plant—the resulting seeds are nearly identical to the self-pollinated female parent, as only one set of genes is present.
This is sometimes referred to as “cloning by seed” and will not produce any male plants. This is achieved through several methods:
- By spraying the plant with a solution of colloidal silver, a liquid containing tiny particles of silver
- Through a method known as rodelization, in which a female plant pushed past maturity can pollinate another female
- Spraying seeds with gibberellic acid, a hormone that triggers germination (this is much less common)
Most experienced or commercial growers will not use feminized seeds because they only contain one set of genes, and these should never be used for breeding purposes. However, a lot of beginning growers start with feminized seeds because they eliminate the worry of having to deal with male plants.
Top feminized cannabis strain families
A lot of classic weed strains that have been around for a while come in feminized form. Some popular fem seeds are:
- OG Kush
- GSC (Cookies)
What are autoflowering cannabis seeds?
Autoflowering seeds are also popular with beginning growers. They are easy to grow because you don’t have to worry about light cycles and how much light a plant receives.
Most cannabis plants begin flowering when the amount of light they receive on a daily basis reduces. Outdoors, this happens when the sun starts setting earlier in the day as the season turns from summer to autumn. Indoor growers can control when a plant flowers by reducing the daily amount of light plants receive from 18 hours to 12 hours.
However, a type of cannabis called Cannabis ruderalis, which developed in extreme northern conditions without much sunlight, will begin flowering once the plant reaches a certain age—they automatically start flowering regardless of the amount of light they receive, hence the name “autoflower.”
Pros and cons of growing autoflower
Because they grow and flower quicker, growers can fit in multiple autoflower cannabis harvests into the span of one regular harvest.
Autoflowers can be started in early spring and will flower during the longest days of summer, taking advantage of high quality light to get bigger yields. Or, if you get a late start in the growing season, you can start autoflowers in May or June and harvest in the fall.
Also, autoflower plants are small—perfect for closet grows or any small grow, or growing outdoors where you don’t want your neighbors to see what you’re up to.
A couple big drawbacks, though: Autoflower strains are known for being less potent. Also, because they are small in stature, they usually don’t produce big yields.
However, potency in autoflowering varieties has increased significantly since their initial introduction, with some breeders crossbreeding the low-THC ruderalis with other more potent varieties.
Tips for growing autoflower marijuana seeds
Autoflowering strains require some preparation, as they will grow quickly and start to flower whether or not you’re ready for them.
Many marijuana growers start autoflowers early in the season, and at a different time than a regular crop, so keep the season and climate in mind when growing and harvesting—your plants still need warmth to grow, and rain can give them bud rot. Consider growing in a greenhouse to protect them.
Because training happens during vegetative growth, for autoflowering plants, this period could be as short as a few weeks, which means time is limited. Try topping your autoflowers after they have three nodes, and stop once they begin to flower. You will want to prune them lightly.
Go easy on nutrients
Autoflowers don’t need lots of nutrients because they’re small and don’t spend much time in the vegetative cycle. They won’t need as much veg nutrients—such as nitrogen—but will need more bloom nutrients.
What are high-CBD cannabis seeds?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the chemical components—known collectively as cannabinoids—found in the cannabis plant. Over the years, humans have selected plants for high-THC content, making cannabis with high levels of CBD rare. The genetic pathways through which THC is synthesized by the plant are different than those for CBD production.
Cannabis used for hemp production has been selected for other traits, including a low THC content, so as to comply with the 2018 Farm Bill. Consequently, many varieties of hemp produce significant quantities of CBD.
As interest in CBD as a medicine has grown, many breeders have crossed high-CBD hemp with cannabis. These strains have little or no THC, 1:1 ratios of THC and CBD, or some have a high-THC content along with significant amounts of CBD (3% or more).
Seeds for these varieties are now widely available online and through dispensaries. It should be noted, however, that any plant grown from these seeds is not guaranteed to produce high levels of CBD, as it takes many years to create a seed line that produces consistent results. A grower looking to produce cannabis with a certain THC to CBD ratio will need to grow from a tested and proven clone or seed.
How to germinate marijuana seeds
Germination is the process in which a seed sprouts and begins to grow into a new plant. Also referred to as “popping,” germination is the very first step in starting your weed grow.
Marijuana seeds can be acquired from an array of sources and can vary in quality. For more info on how to buy marijuana seeds, check out our Guide to buying cannabis seeds.
Cannabis seeds require three things to germinate: water, heat, and air. There are many methods to germinate seeds, but for the most common and simplest method, you will need:
- Two clean plates
- Four paper towels
- Distilled water
Take four sheets of paper towels and soak them with distilled water. The towels should be soaked but shouldn’t have excess water running off.
Take two of the paper towels and place them on a plate. Then, place the marijuana seeds at least an inch apart from each other and cover them with the remaining two water-soaked paper towels.
To create a dark, protected space, take another plate and flip it over to cover the seeds, like a dome.
Make sure the area the seeds are in is warm, somewhere between 70-85°F.
After completing these steps, it’s time to wait. Check the paper towels once a day to make sure they’re still saturated, and if they are losing moisture, apply more water to keep the seeds happy.
Some seeds germinate very rapidly while others can take a while, but generally, seeds should germinate in 3-10 days. If it’s been two weeks and a seed hasn’t sprouted, it’s probably a dud and won’t sprout.
A seed has germinated once the seed splits and a single sprout appears. The sprout is the taproot, which will become the main stem of the plant, and seeing it is a sign of successful germination.
It’s important to keep the delicate seed sterile, so don’t touch the seed or taproot as it begins to split.
Transplanting germinated cannabis seeds
Once you see the taproot, it’s time to transfer your germinated seed into its growing medium, such as soil.
- Fill a 4-inch or one-gallon pot with loose, airy potting soil
- Water the soil before you put the seed in; it should be wet but not drenched
- Poke a hole in the soil with a pen or pencil—the rule of thumb is: make the hole twice as deep as the seed is wide
- Using a pair of tweezers, gently place the seed in the hole with the taproot facing down
- Lightly cover it with soil
Keep a close eye on the temperature and moisture level of the soil to keep the seed happy. It’s very delicate at this stage. Use a spray bottle to water it—over-watering can suffocate and kill the delicate sprout.
Within a week or so you should see a seedling begin to grow from the soil.
Germinating cannabis seeds doesn’t always go as planned. Some seeds will be duds. Others will be slow and take longer to sprout. But some will pop quickly and grow rapidly.
This is the beauty of seeds—often, you can tell which plants or genetics will thrive right from the get-go. This will help you determine which plants you want to take cuttings from for clones or for breeding if you want to create a seed bank of your own.
How to sex a pot plant
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As we’ve mentioned, cannabis is a dioecious plant, meaning male and female reproductive organs appear on different plants.
Because only female cannabis plants produce buds and you want them to focus all their energy on producing buds and not seeds, it’s important to identify and get rid of male weed plants so they don’t pollinate females. If females are pollinated, it will give you buds filled with seeds, making your weed harsh and unpleasant.
Cultivating males is important for breeders trying to cross new strains and genetics, but most people growing for buds will want to remove the males.
As mentioned above, you can skip the processing of sexing weed plants by growing with feminized seeds or clones.
If growing male and female cannabis seeds, they’ll start to show their sex organs, or “pre-flowers,” after 8-10 weeks from germination.
Cannabis plant sex organs appear on nodes, the points where branches grow off from the main stalk.
Males will have round balls—these will develop into pollen sacs, which will release pollen into the air when mature.
Females will have a round structure with long hairs—these hairs will develop into pistils, which will catch pollen in the air.
Pre-flowers can initially be extremely small and hard to identify with the naked eye, but you can use a magnifying glass to get a better look.
Can I grow a seed I found in a bag of weed?
Finding a cannabis seed in your stash is not ideal, but we’ve all been there before. Although much less common than it once was, it still happens. Sometimes you’ll notice one when grinding down some flower, or you’ll see one pop, spark, and crackle from the heat of a lit bowl.
These are referred to as “bagseeds” and whether or not you can grow one will depend on where it came from.
Is a bagseed good or bad?
Seeds found in finished cannabis buds can develop for a number of reasons. For example, a male plant may have accidentally pollinated a flowering female during the growing process. But more commonly, they’re a sign of stress and can be attributed to high temperatures during the final stages of flowering or an exaggerated spike in climate or environment.
Seeds can also form in plants with genetic disorders or instability, like hermaphrodites—plants that develop both male and female reproductive parts. Generally, stress and genetic disorders are viewed as bad, so temper expectations with any plant you start from a bagseed.
But sometimes you get lucky and find a mature seed in some really nice herb. Strains like the legendary Chemdog wouldn’t be possible without adventurous smokers planting and proliferating the seeds they found in a bag of kind bud.
So don’t discount bud because it has a seed or two in it. While not ideal, it could be the origins of the next great weed strain.
Ask yourself a few questions to decide if it’s worth the time and energy to grow the seed.
Was the seed found in good weed?
If you don’t like the flavor, effects, or even the look of the bud, then it’s probably not worth growing.
Are you ready to grow?
Growing marijuana takes a certain level of commitment: time, energy, and financial resources, so be sure you can commit to the whole process.
Is the seed viable?
For a seed to be viable, it must be mature enough to have a completely formed genetic blueprint, and it must be strong enough to germinate and pop through its hard casing and sprout its crucial taproot.
There are a few indicators that will give you a sense of whether the seed is worth germinating.
- Tiger stripes—dark stripes on the seed which resemble veins on a leaf are generally good
- Solid shell—a seed should be able to withstand a little pressure when pinched between your fingers; if it crumbles or cracks, it’s no good
Immature seeds tend to be light in color and have a soft outer shell.
In some cases, even if a seed isn’t completely mature, there’s still a chance it could be viable. But often these are extremely weak, take long to develop, and express other unfavorable characteristics. Growers usually discard weak plants to free up space.
You might also find a mature seed that has been physically damaged through poor handling, like rough trimming. In those cases, it probably isn’t worth the effort to try and germinate the seed.
But if the seed you found looks decent, you might as well germinate it and see what sprouts.
Time to germinate
Viable or not, there’s only one sure way to find out if a bagseed will grow. If you’re simply curious to learn and not as concerned with the overall outcome, you can plant a couple of bagseeds outside and see what happens.
If you’re ready for a more serious approach, make sure you have the space for a proper garden and pop the seeds to see what fruit they bear.
Even if your seed sprouts fast and grows vigorously, it still has roughly a 50/50 chance of being female and producing buds, instead of turning out to be a male.
Remember, once a seed germinates, the real work begins. Sexing, selecting, vegetative growth, flowering, and the eventual harvest all lie ahead.
How to buy cannabis seeds
Cannabis seeds can be found on numerous online seed banks, but note that it is illegal to bring seeds into the US and Customs will seize any cannabis seeds that they find in packages or on a person. In legal and medical states, you may purchase seeds at a dispensary.