Since the filming of this video we reached out to our Liquor & Cannabis Regulation Branch – Province of British Columbia to clarify some grey areas.
1. Where can I get cannabis seeds?
2. How many seeds can I hold
3. How many seeds can I germinate?
4. When are they classed as plant? At what point if I germinate more than 4 seeds am I breaking the law. THEIR RESPONSE:
Your email of March 13, 2019 sent to the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch, within the Ministry of Attorney General, has been forwarded to the Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat, within the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, for response. Thank you for your questions regarding the possession of cannabis seeds and cultivation of cannabis plants. You have asked where to obtain non-medical cannabis seeds. Seeds can legally be purchased in-person from BC Cannabis Stores (https://www.bccannabisstores.com/page…), online at the BC Cannabis Stores website, or in-person at licensed private retailers. The availability of seeds varies by location.(https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/em…)
Adults 19+ can possess up to 30 seeds in public and possess up to 1,000 seeds in a location other than a public place (for example, at home). It is legal to germinate up to four seeds at any one time. A cannabis plant is classified as a plant from the moment it germinates.
Adults 19+ can legally grow up to four non-medical cannabis plants per dwelling house. If two adults live in the same dwelling, the legal limit of a maximum of four plants remains unchanged. While adults 19+ can legally grow up to four non-medical cannabis plants per dwelling house, there are additional provisions outlined in the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act that must be adhered to. For example, cannabis plants cannot be visible from a public place off the property, such as parks, streets, sidewalks, sports fields, and K-12 school properties. For more information about growing non-medical cannabis at home please visit https://cannabis.gov.bc.ca/.
Local governments can also further restrict growing non-medical cannabis at home under existing powers to establish bylaws. You may wish to contact your local government to find out if they have additional restrictions in place.
Thank you for writing and we hope you find this information helpful.
Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat Policing and Security Branch
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
PO Box 9285, Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9J7
If you’re unsure with the law within your province please reach out to your local governing body.
In this blog and video link, I will be explaining how to prepare seeds for germination and how to increase your chances of germinating older seeds.
What do you do first?
When you start with seeds there are a few things we like to do before we actually place the seed in soil or any other medium of your choice.
The first thing we want to do with our seeds is inspect them. Look for any signs that may indicate a lower chance of germination. The first thing you want to look at is the shell of the seed. If the shell is cracked, it is likely not going to germinate and is best to throw away.
Some other indicators of the likelihood of germination include the age of the seed. Seeds that have not aged, or have recently been harvested from a plant and have not dried, have a lower chance of germinating than mature seeds or older seeds that have been stored in an ideal environment.
If a seed is old but has been stored properly, certain nutrients can be used to increase the likelihood of germination. This process will be explained further.
Seeds have been selected, what next?
Now that you have checked your seeds and picked the ones that are most likely to germinate, you are ready for the next step.
Make sure you have B-vitamins for this next step. If you don’t, you can find some at your nearest Pacific Northwest Garden Supply location or online at pnwgardensupply.com
Once you have your B-vitamin, get a small glass and add dechlorinated water or bottled water. Mix the required amount of B-vitamin with the water and mix. Once fully mixed, add your seeds into the water. Let these seeds soak for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes have passed, you will be ready for the next step.
Preparing the ideal germinating environment
Now that the seeds have been soaked, you can begin to prepare the environment in which the seeds will be in until the tap root of each seed is exposed. We will create this environment using two saucer plates and a paper towel.
Start by folding the paper towel and placing it on one of the saucer plates. Using some of the B-vitamin solution that the seeds were soaking in, moisten one half of the paper towel. Place your seeds on the moist side of the paper towel. Now fold the paper towel and add more water so that the seeds are not going to dry out.
Once this is done you can place the other saucer plate on top of the first and move both into a dark and warm environment. If you are using disposable plate make sure to put some weight on the plates so that no light can leak in and disturb the seeds.
Check your seeds every 24 hours and look for a white tap root coming out of the seeds. Once that tap root has grown out about a quarter of an inch from the shell, it is time to plant your seed. Make sure the paper towel remains damp throughout this step.
Uh…what just happened?
When an ideal environment is not reached, you will lose seeds. In some cases if yo leave your seeds in an overly warm environment and allow the paper towel to dry, then this will cause the seeds to die.
A simple solution to this problem is to place the damp paper towel and seeds into a ziplock bag. This will keep the moisture in the paper towel and reduce the risk of drying out due to forgetfulness.
So now that we get to do the whole prepping process again, we will be using seeds that are just over a year old. These seeds will require additional care due to their age.
The first thing to do is to scuff or scar your seeds. This will allow the nutrient solution you will be soaking your seeds in to more easily penetrate the outer shell of the seed and allow for a higher chance of the seed to germinate.
You can scuff the seeds by using a matchbox, if you have one, and placing a piece of sandpaper in it. Add the seeds to the box and start shaking. Shake the box for about a minute and you will be ready to move onto the next step.
Prepare your nutrient solution like you did for the first seeds but this time you’ll be adding a seaweed extract to the mix. This will help increase the likelihood of the seeds germinating.
Place the seeds on a paper towel that has been dampened using the nutrient solution you soaked the seeds in. Fold the paper towel, completely covering the seeds. Now place the damp paper towel with seeds into a ziplock bag to maintain the humidity high.
If you can fit two saucer plates with the damp paper towel in between into a ziplock bag do so, this will help reduce the chance of light leaking onto the seeds. If you can’t fit the plates in the bag, just make sure the ziplock bag with damp paper towel is in a dark area. A cupboard that is not used frequently is a good place.
Continue to check your seeds every 24 hours and make sure the paper towel remains damp until the tap roots begin to expose themselves. Once they are a quarter of an inch long, you are ready to plant your seeds in the medium of your choice.
Thank you for watching and keep an eye out for the next episode
From your friendly neighbourhood PNW staff
Please check the Laws of Canada and ensure what your province allows you to do before you start growing your four cannabis plants (Below is an extract from www.canada.ca).
Adults who are 18 years or older (depending on province or territory) are able to(1):
- Possess up to 30 grams of legal cannabis, dried or equivalent in non-dried form in public
- Share up to 30 grams with other adults
- Purchase cannabis products from a provincial or territorial retailer
- Grow up to 4 plants per residence (not per person) for personal use from licensed seeds or seedlings
(1)Reference Wednesday, 27th March at 8:46pm PST: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/health/campaigns/cannabis/canadians.html