Well….. that’s not going to go  down well with the cannabis industry sector !

His pronouncements  aren’t really that off the mark though, with regard to cannabis issues.

There’s already a growing movement underway to properly make inroads into the issue of non violent incarcerated cannabis “felons”. The Last Prisoner Project run by Harbourside’s Steve D’Angelo being one such programme. Expungement is now accepted policy in many cities and states around the US.

Now, the issue is, how to get those in jail, out?

The topic of free cannabis might initially sound a bit crazy but actuallythere’s a valid argument in there that’s at odds with the aims of corporate cannabis and Kanye might well argue, correctly specifically White Corporate Cannabis

Rarely when legislation has been written state by state, is home grown cannabis part of the discussion, for obvious reasons. The lobbyists wouldn’t have a job for a start.



The Production Grower website gives us a comprehensive overview on the issue

They write

Growing marijuana at home (so-called “home grows”) is illegal under US federal law.  However, according to the U.S. Sentencing Commission and the FBI 99% of marijuana arrests are made under state law, rather than federal law.  Furthermore, states aren’t required to enforce federal law. As a result, in most (though not all) situations, state laws effectively determine whether marijuana growers face criminal risk for their home grows.  And, state laws vary dramatically.

You can group states into essentially three groups, based on their cultivation laws:

  • States where growing pot for recreational and medicinal use is illegal;
  • States where you can grow pot for medicinal use
  • States where you can grow pot for recreational use

States that allow recreational cultivation typically have restrictions on the number of plants that adults are able to grow.  Many of these states loosen these restrictions for registered patients growing for medicinal use.

marijuana legalization map united states production grower

We have colour coded each state’s rules. You’ll see that the nays outweigh the yays. That in most states that say yes they are referring to medical cannabis and you can count on one hand the states that allow home grow for recreational. We do note that it is great to see some states realise that there is complexity in the issue and have tried to regulate in a way that gives the individual citizen an element of choice about growing at home, but in the main the approach is still very much in the negative.
Kanye, on the face of it has a very valid argument with regard to free cannabis. It’s just how it is presented. If he continues with the Howard Dean scream approach he won’t get far but a more nuanced argument couls at the very least force Biden to understand that there is nuance !


It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Alabama.

Source: https://statelaws.findlaw.com/alabama-law/alabama-marijuana-laws.html


Adults aged 21 and older can legally grow marijuana at home. The grower does not have to register with the authorities. One person can grow up to 6 marijuana plants, although only 3 of the 6 plants can be mature and flowering at any one time.

If there are at least two 21-year-old adults in the same household, that household can grow up to 12 plants at the same time. However, the limit does not increase if there are more than 2 adults in the household.

Sources: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Director/Documents/marijuana/ResponsibleConsumerFactBook.pdf

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/2016/07/29/heres-how-many-cannabis-plants-alaskans-ca n-now-legally-possess-at-home/



A qualifying patient or the qualifying patient’s designated caregiver who has been approved by the Arizona Department of Health Services may cultivate medical marijuana, so long as the qualifying patient resides more than 25 miles from the closest dispensary.

Any individual who cultivates medical marijuana must do so in a surrounded and protected area.  The individual can grow up to 12 plants.

There is no higher limit if there are more than 2 qualifying patients who reside in the same household.





It is not legal to grow Marijuana at home in Arkansas.

Source: https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/medical-marijuana-faqs



Anyone who is above the age of 21 can grow marijuana. Each residence is allowed to grow 6 plants, no matter how many adults reside there.

There is a difference in what Prop 215 and SB240 says about growing marijuana by a medical card holder. The former states that a medical card holder can grow as much as needed, and the latter states that only 6 mature plants or 12 immature plants can be grown.

Sources: https://aizmanlaw.com/marijuana-cultivation/



Adults over the age of 21 can grow marijuana. The individual can raise up to 6 plants with 3 plants flowering at once. A house with multiple qualifying adults can grow up to a maximum of 12 plants.

Source: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/marijuana/home-grow-laws



It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Connecticut. There is no producer’s license for medical marijuana in Connecticut.

Sources: https://norml.org/laws/item/connecticut-penalties




It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Delaware.

Source: https://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/hsp/medmarfaq.html



It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Florida.

Source: http://www.flhealthsource.gov/ommu/faqs



It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Georgia.

Source: https://www.macon.com/news/local/article218984495.html



It is legal for registered patients and registered caregivers to grow marijuana for medicinal purposes in Hawaii. However, growers must register with the state government, and they can grow a maximum of 10 plants

Source: http://health.hawaii.gov/medicalcannabisregistry/patients/growing-medical-marijuana/



It is not legal to grow marijuana in Idaho.

Source: https://www.ktvb.com/article/news/local/marijuana-laws-in-idaho-whats-legal-whats-not-andwhat-does-it-take-to-face-jail-time/277-6530c414-73d5-4c67-a530-940478763493



While it is illegal to use marijuana for recreational purpose in Illinois, the use of medical marijuana is allowed. However, it must be procured from a dispensary. Only companies have access to the medical marijuana cultivator license, making it illegal for individuals to grow marijuana for any purpose.

Source: https://www.illinoislegalaid.org/legal-information/cannabis-or-marijuana-laws-and-penalties-basics



It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Indiana.

Source: https://statelaws.findlaw.com/indiana-law/indiana-marijuana-laws.html



It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Iowa.

Source: https://www.criminaldefenselawyer.com/marijuana-laws-and-penalties/iowa.htm



It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Kansas.

Source: https://www.kansas.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/article223398620.html



It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Kentucky.

Source: https://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article223075125.html



While recreational marijuana remains outlawed, medicinal use is allowed. It is not legal to grow marijuana in Louisiana. The only legal growers in the state are the agriculture centers at Louisiana State University and Southern University.

Source: http://ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/page/2892



Only adults who are above the age of 21 can grow marijuana. In each residence, a maximum of 6 mature plants and 12 immature plants can be cultivated






It is not legal to grow marijuana in Maryland. It is only allowed for medicinal use, and it must be purchased from state-licensed dispensaries.

Source: https://mmcc.maryland.gov/Pages/patients_faq.aspx



Only adults who are above the age of 21 can grow marijuana. In each home, up to 6 plants can be grown. If there are more than 2 adults, 12 plants can be grown

Source: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/marijuana-in-massachusetts-whats-legal



Adults who are older than 21 can grow up to 12 marijuana plants at home.  Medical caregivers can grow up to 12 plants for up to 5 patients, meaning that caregivers can grow up to 60 plants for patients and an addition 12 plants for themselves.  Caregivers must register with the state.

Sources: https://www.michiganradio.org/post/recreational-marijuana-legal-today-michigan-here-are-5-t hings-know-lighting

https://www.clickondetroit.com/michigan-marijuana/growing-marijuana-in-michigan-here-s-w hat-to-know-about-the-law



It is not legal to grow marijuana in Minnesota. It is only allowed for medicinal use, and must be purchased from one of the 8 Cannabis Patient Centers located around the state.

Source: https://www.health.state.mn.us/people/cannabis/patients/patientguide.html



It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Mississippi.

Source: https://www.criminaldefenselawyer.com/marijuana-laws-and-penalties/mississippi.htm



Growing marijuana for recreational use is illegal in Missouri.

Beginning in July of 2019, Missouri will accept applications for medical marijuana cards.  The state plans to allow medical marijuana cardholders to grow marijuana at home in “an appropriately secured facility”.





Patients who require marijuana for medicinal use can grow up to 4 mature plants or 12 seedlings. However, growing for recreational use is not allowed.


https://dphhs.mt.gov/marijuana/cardholders/cardholderfaq#159672069-how-many-plants-can -i-have-if-im-on-the-montana-marijuana-registry



It is not legal to grow marijuana for either recreational or medicinal use.

Source: https://norml.org/laws/item/nebraska-penalties-2



Any individual above the age of 21 can grow marijuana at home but only if there are no state-licensed retail marijuana store within 25 miles of the home.

An adult can only grow up to 6 plants and a maximum of 12 plants per household. Registered medical marijuana user may grow up to 12 plants provided they live 25 miles from the nearest marijuana dispensary or if the person is unable to travel to a medical marijuana dispensary due to illness or lack of transportation.

Sources: http://marijuana.nv.gov/Legal/GrowingAtHome/



New Hampshire

It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Hampshire, for either recreational or medicinal use.

Source: https://www.watchdog.org/new_hampshire/new-hampshire-bill-to-allow-home-marijuana-cult ivation-stalls-in/article_31976612-522d-11e8-95e7-774e9da58d0c.html


New Jersey

It is not legal to grow marijuana for either recreational or medicinal use.

Sources: https://www.newsweek.com/marijuana-new-jersey-legalization-legal-states-laws-612844


New Mexico

A Qualified Patient who has a Personal Production License issued by the NM Department of Health can grow a maximum of 12 seedlings and 4 mature plants. A single location cannot have more than 2 personal production licenses

Sources: https://nmhealth.org/about/mcp/svcs/pdb/


New York

It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in New York.

Source: https://www.health.ny.gov/regulations/medical_marijuana/faq.htm

North Carolina

It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in North Carolina.

Source: https://statelaws.findlaw.com/north-carolina-law/north-carolina-marijuana-laws.html


North Dakota

It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in North Dakota.

Source: https://www.ndhealth.gov/mm/PDF/Program_Informational_Guides/FAQ%20for%20Patients-C aregivers%20-%20Updated%206-21-2018.pdf


It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Ohio.

Source: https://www.medicalmarijuana.ohio.gov/patients-caregivers



A registered medical marijuana patient who needs marijuana for medicinal use can grow it. Only 6 mature plants and 6 seedlings can be grown at a time.

Source: http://omma.ok.gov/adult-patient-application-information2



It is legal to grow marijuana provided you are older than 21. For recreational use, 4 plants per residence can be grown. Patients registered with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program can grow up to 6 plants.

Sources: https://www.oregon.gov/olcc/marijuana/pages/faqs-personal-use.aspx


https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/CHRONICDISEASE/MEDICALMARIJUA NAPROGRAM/Pages/top20.aspx#patientlimits



It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Pennsylvania.

Source: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/programs/Medical%20Marijuana/Pages/Patients.aspx


Rhode Island

Qualifying Patients that register with the Rhode Island Department of Health can grow up to 12 mature plants. For residences with more than 2 adults, there is a limit of 24 mature plants per residence.

Sources: http://www.health.ri.gov/healthcare/medicalmarijuana/


South Carolina

It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in South Carolina

Source: https://statelaws.findlaw.com/south-carolina-law/south-carolina-marijuana-laws.html


South Dakota

It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in South Dakota.

Source: https://statelaws.findlaw.com/south-dakota-law/south-dakota-marijuana-laws.html



It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Tennessee.

Source: https://www.mpp.org/states/tennessee/



It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Texas

Source: https://statelaws.findlaw.com/texas-law/texas-marijuana-laws.html



It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Utah.

Source: https://health.utah.gov/medical-cannabis



Adults older than 21 can grow marijuana. The limits vary depending on whether the marijuana is for recreational or medicinal use.  For recreational use, 2 mature plants and 4 immature plants may be grown per residence. For medicinal use, registered medical marijuana cardholders can grow up to 2 mature plants and 7 immature plants

Sources: https://www.vpr.org/post/you-asked-we-answered-vermonts-recreational-pot-law#stream/0




It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Virginia

Source: https://statelaws.findlaw.com/virginia-law/virginia-marijuana-laws.html



Cultivation of marijuana for recreational purposes is not allowed in the state of Washington.  However, registered medical marijuana patients may grow up to 6 plants at home. If the healthcare practitioner determines the patient requires more than that, they may authorize up to 15 plants.

Sources: https://www.criminaldefenselawyer.com/resources/can-i-grow-marijuana-my-own-personal-us e-washington.h

https://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/Marijuana/MedicalMarijuana/PatientInformation /PossessionAmounts


West Virginia

It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in West Virginia.

Source: https://dhhr.wv.gov/bph/Documents/MedicalCannabis/Patient%20and%20Caregiver%20Info% 2004202017%20-%20rev.pdf



It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Wisconsin

Source: https://shepherdexpress.com/hemp/is-it-time-to-reform-wisconsins-cannabis-laws/



It is not legal to grow marijuana at home in Wyoming

Source: https://norml.org/laws/item/wyoming-penalties-2




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