Home Cannabis Cultivation Continues, Despite Opposition From Many Marijuana Companies

Home cultivation has emerged as a clear sticking point in cannabis reform across many states.

While it faces pushback, including from several cannabis brands, home grow is making incremental progress in medical and adult use markets, and ushering in a variety of parameters to meet state needs. 

The issue has made more progress than other key advocate issues, such as social equity. Yet, industry professionals say more could be done to improve access and curb industry greed.

Those supporting home grow believe that it is a way to provide affordable cannabis to low income individuals, as well as to those customers who live in legal states, but have little access to products. 

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Various Forms Of Home Grow Laws Passed

Of the five most recent states to pass cannabis reform, Arizona, Montana and South Dakota included some form of home grow parameters in their respective bills. They join a list of states to pass similar measures.

As of September 2020, 17 states and Washington, D.C. had passed some form of home growing laws, be they for medical or adult use.

Comparatively, most states have so far failed to pass social equity laws, with just a handful being considered adequate parameters.

Groups like the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) say laws with "reasonable safeguards" have not been challenged by any states so far. The MPP suggests secure grow sites away from the public and cultivation caps as adequate parameters. 

Like many cannabis laws, states have implemented various regulatory frameworks for home cultivation. 

For example, in adult use markets, people over 21 can grow up to four plants in Oregon, while Washington State allows six and Vermont just two. 

Medical markets vary as well.

Rhode Island patients and caregivers can grow as many as 12 plants and 12 …

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