Since the cannabis act was passed in Canada, an increasing number of Canadian citizens have begun to grow their own crops for consumption both recreationally and for medicinal purposes.
Recreationally, the law allows individual households to grow up to four plants in some provinces. On the other hand, persons who use it for medical purposes are free to grow as many plants as they pleased.
Growing Marijuana Recreationally
Initially, being able to grow four marijuana plants at your home legally might appear to be a huge blessing, but over time one will notice that growing cannabis takes a lot of work.You will have to spend time, money and effort in order to grow healthy plants. And, when comes harvest time, you will notice that the yield is not equivalent to your investment.
Because of this, many people lose interest and opt to purchase their marijuana instead.
For growing cannabis to be worth it, you plant count will need to be high, especially when it is needed for medical conditions such as sleep disorders, anxiety and epilepsy.
Growing Marijuana for Medical Purposes
For persons who use marijuana on a regular basis for medical conditions, a plant count of four just will not cut it. For this reason, the government has allowed these persons to grow more than four plants once they have obtained their ACMPR license.
Once the license is granted, persons can grow a large number of cannabis plants. This number is of course determined by a few factors.
How Plant Count Is Determined For Each Patient
Plant count is determined by these factors:
- How many grams of cannabis is prescribed by your medical doctor (The higher the dosage prescribed, the higher the plant count will be)
- Where the plants will be grown (Indoor plants tend to be smaller than outdoor plants. As a result, persons who grow their cannabis indoors will be allowed a higher plant count)
Here are estimates of how many plants one will be allowed to grow depending on the dosage prescribed by their medical doctor:
INDOOR PLANT COUNT
- 10 grams = 49 plants
- 30 grams = 146 plants
- 50 grams = 244 plants
- 80 grams = 390 plants
- 95 grams = 463 plants
OUTDOOR PLANT COUNT
- 10 grams = 19 plants
- 30 grams = 57 plants
- 50 grams = 95 plants
- 80 grams = 152 plants
- 95 grams = 181 plants
BOTH INDOOR AND OUTDOOR PLANT COUNT
- 10 grams = 37 indoor plants and 10 outdoor plants
- 30 grams = 110 indoor plants and 29 outdoor plants
- 50 grams = 183 indoor plants and 48 outdoor plants
- 80 grams = 292 indoor plants and 76 outdoor plants
- 95 grams = 347 indoor plants and 91 outdoor plant
Choosing to grow both indoors and outdoors gives growers the opportunity to take advantage of the warmer season, and still be able to grow plants inside when it is colder.
Growing Up To 463 Cannabis Plants
In order to grow up to 463 cannabis plants, you will have to obtain your ACMPR(Acess to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations) license.
The process can be lengthy, but in reality, it is pretty simple.
All you have to do is:
- Visit your doctor and discuss medical marijuana as a possible medical treatment for your particular ailment. Then, allow your doctor to decide how many grams you will need and write a prescription.
- After the doctor has written a prescription and completed the appropriate documents, complete an ACMPR form.
- Mail these documents to Health Canada and await approval. This will take up to 24 weeks.
- Once you are approved, you will receive your license in the mail and you can begin growing your plants right away!