Can I buy cannabis seeds legally?
The legality of cannabis seeds is a bit tricky. Generally, cannabis seeds are legal in most countries in Europe. However, germinating seeds could be an illegal act in your country. We always advise customers to check the legal status of cannabis seeds in your country.
Can I buy cannabis seeds legally?
The legality of cannabis seeds is a bit tricky. Generally, cannabis seeds are legal in most countries in Europe. However, germinating seeds could be an illegal act in your country. We always advise customers to check the legal status of cannabis seeds in your country. This blog is only about cannabis seeds and not about the legal status of cannabis. This blog is not a legal advice and is purely informative.
Know before you grow!
Each country has its own approach about the legality of cannabis seeds. For example, in the Netherlands, you can buy cannabis seeds legally. However, if the seller suspects that the seeds are being used for large scale cultivation or commercial use, he/she is not allowed to sell the seeds to the customer. This results that shops often use a maximum number of seeds that can be purchased. In most other countries buying seeds will not get you into trouble. But if you germinate those seeds that can be an illegal act. You can buy them as a collector’s item or souvenir without the purpose to use them to grow cannabis for commercial or private purposes. The reason behind this is that cannabis seeds have no narcotic components.
Below we take a quick look on the laws of different countries.
You can sell, buy, or trade cannabis seeds legally in the UK. You can order them from another country or just simply buy them in shops in the United Kingdom. Only when you germinate the cannabis seeds you will get prosecuted. Stores, shop, web shops who sell seeds cannot mention germination on their platforms. This can be seen as buying with intent thus making it illegal.
Germany has a totally different approach when selling or buying cannabis seeds. Cannabis seeds are not illegal in Germany. But you can not buy them in Germany. The sale of cannabis seeds is prohibited. How do German customers buy cannabis seeds you might ask yourself? Because of the free movement of product in Germany, German people can buy cannabis seeds legally in other countries and get them delivered in Germany.
Spain is becoming more and more the “new” Netherlands. Spain has an enormous cannabis industry with lots of seedbanks, grow shops and headshops. You can buy cannabis seeds legally in Spain for personal use on your own property. Sellers need a permit to sell seeds in Spain.
The Netherlands are world famous about their cannabis laws. Even though it is hard to understand, cannabis is still illegal. This country has a tolerance policy regarding cannabis. Everybody can buy seeds legally. However, germinating them is still illegal but most people who get caught by the police will only receive a warning if you only grow maximum of 5 plants.
You can buy cannabis seeds allover Italy in grow shops. Buying them is not a criminal act. If you germinate the seeds, you can be prosecuted. All activity related to cannabis remains illegal.
In France you can only buy cannabis seeds as a souvenir without the intent to germinate the seeds. In this regard you can buy cannabis seeds in many shops across France. It is also legal to buy cannabis seeds from other countries and get them delivered to your address