Cultivation of Cannabis Plants at Home
This is your guide to understanding the ins and outs of responsibly growing cannabis in your private residence in the new legal landscape of Maryland. This section is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the regulations surrounding home-grown cannabis, outlining the key guidelines for secure and responsible cultivation. We’ll also dive into the specifics of the Maryland Code as it pertains to home cultivation of cannabis plants. Our aim is to ensure you are well-informed and ready to enjoy the benefits of growing cannabis at home, while strictly adhering to the legal guidelines and fostering a responsible cannabis culture.
Regulations and Guidelines on Home-Grown Cannabis
In Maryland, the laws governing the cultivation of cannabis at home are intended to ensure safe and responsible practices.
Firstly, cultivating cannabis at home is limited to adults who are 21 years or older. Each adult is allowed to grow up to two cannabis plants in their residence. However, irrespective of how many adults live in the house, the total number of plants grown in a single household cannot exceed two. Therefore, even if a house has three adults over 21 living in it, the house is still only permitted to have two cannabis plants.
An exception to this rule applies to medical cannabis patients registered with the Maryland Cannabis Administration. These individuals are allowed to grow an additional two plants, bumping their total to four plants. But remember, no more than four plants can be grown in a single residence, regardless of how many registered patients live there.
Cultivating cannabis comes with other restrictions as well. The plants must be grown out of public view. This means they cannot be visible from another property without the use of binoculars or other optical aids. Growing cannabis in a place visible to the public could lead to legal trouble.
Safety is also paramount. The plants should be grown in an enclosed, locked space that cannot be accessed by anyone under the age of 21. Essentially, the person growing the plants must take all reasonable measures to ensure the plants are secure from unauthorized access and access by underage individuals.
Moreover, it’s essential to respect property rights when growing cannabis. Cultivation can only occur on property lawfully in possession of the cultivator or with the consent of the person legally owning or possessing the property. This means landlords and property owners have the right to forbid cannabis cultivation on their properties.
Finally, anyone under 21 is strictly prohibited from cultivating cannabis plants. Breaking these regulations can lead to serious consequences. Violation of this section can result in a misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum of three years in prison, a fine up to $5,000, or both.