Home grown Mary Jane remains criminal in Canada


Mary Jane behind bars in Canada

Government of Canada, Department of Justice, C-24.5: Cannabis Act: “One (1) gram of dried cannabis is equal to:

  • 5 grams of fresh cannabis
  • 15 grams of edible product
  • 70 grams of liquid product
  • 0.25 grams of concentrates (solid or liquid)
  • 1 cannabis plant seed”

Hence, things still illegal, as in 14 years in prison:

  • possession of
    • 150 grams of fresh cannabis
    • 450 grams of edible product
    • 2100 grams of liquid product
    • 7.5 grams of concentrates (solid or liquid)
    • 30 cannabis plant seed
    • 4 plants of any type or maturity
  • sharing more than 30 grams with other adults
  • any/all unlicensed sale of marijuana
  • home grown cultivation of more than 4 plants
  • making cannabis products (food, drinks, etc.) at home using organic solvents to create concentrated products
  • and a hundred other such arbitrarities arising from Cannabis Act

The above supposed crimes are routinely enforced and prosecuted by our finest, in accordance with the Cannabis Act’s broad enablement of search and seizure, fines and serious time.

A honey bee lookin for his high-ve in a couple outdoor home grown marijuana plants. I believe they’re OG and Purple Kush clones, primarily indica strains.

The buds were frozen hard a number of nights, so I dubbed it ice weed (like ice wine). Amazingly, the hearty cannabis buds are able to survive numerous severe frosts that kill most everything else in the garden.

I think the tricomes could have grown a tad larger if frost hadn’t shortened the growing season by a couple weeks.

Burning ice weed is a little harsh, but vaping is pleasingly flavorful.

How can cultivating and using this lovely plant remain criminal under most practical circumstances? The laws need amending to something more realistic to home growers. A good start would be axing the four plant limit (8.1.e). At very least, increase it. It’s impossible to end up with four viable producing plants from non-feminized seeds while remaining below the individual 4 sprout limit at all times. The majority of sprouts are culled before or after they sex out.

Alternatively, exempt sprouts, males, hemp, and ruderalis plants please. None of these are drug producing forfucksake.


In British Columbia (BC) Canada, it’s currently legal to cultivate a home grow show of 4 plants, for personal use only. Unfortunately, the moment you cut down a single plant, the Canadian Department of Justice declares you a criminal, subject to 14 years in prison.

According to the Cannabis Act, once you harvest more than 150 grams of fresh cannabis, you may be prosecuted for possession of an illegal substance.

150 grams wet is the weight of meat in my sandwich, it’s not a realistic working number for everyday growers; let alone 30g dried.

IMO, 30g is not practical decriminalization.

Don’t worry, I burned the evidence…slowly.

Remember friends, green cannabis is safe and healthy!

Peer reviewed research

(Malm 2006) Marijuana Cultivation in British Columbia: Using spatial and social network analysis techniques to inform evidence-based policy and planning

  • Table 4.7
    • Vast majority (57% of total) reported by anonymous informants
    • Nearly 10% found by law enforcement property invasions unrelated to grow
    • Weapons were seized in nearly 10% of busts (Table 4.17)
  • Table 4.8
    • Police investigation of reported grow shows dropped from 91% to 52% during 1997-2003
    • Of those initially investigated, almost a quarter were not pursued further in 2003
  • Table 4.10
    • Meanwhile, guerilla growers dig-in underground: portion of grow shows reported from 1997-2003 dropped from 84% to 27%
  • Table 4.13
    • Also, illegal grow ops have gotten larger, from 140 to 180 plants on average, over same time frame.
  • Table 4.24
    • Over half of all actionable cases resulted in “no case” seizures–meaning, after assets were seized, no further action was taken against the growers.
    • Small grows (<10 plants), “no case” seizures steadily rose from 48% to 82% over same period.
  • Table 4.29, 4.31
    • 44% of all charges stayed, on average
    • 30% resulting in conviction

You know how it goes; after stealing everything from a lowly grower, who needs the bother of all that paperwork. All those legalities are just a nuisance anyways, better not to risk getting a judge involved at all. Those pesky laws are only for civilian anyways, am I right? Following judicial process is nothing law enforcement need concern themselves with. Nor often do they.

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