It’s no new news that New York fully legalized cannabis. The new law lays down many new provisions which seemed like a pipe dream earlier. One of them is the legal right to cultivate cannabis. However, it might not be in effect until 18 months after the first sale of legal marijuana. But, we can always start preparing, right?
As per the law, if you are 21 years or older or have a legit medical marijuana card in New York, you have the full freedom to have your own little cannabis harvest at home. Though there will be some limits and restrictions, it won’t be an offence anymore.
But the real question is, if the state has legalized it, should you give it a try? Is growing cannabis at home suited to you or your medical condition? Most importantly, are you ready to make that effort? Well, let’s walk you through some aspects of cannabis cultivation so that you can land on a determined decision by the end of this blog.
Growing Cannabis Requires Effort
Let’s be honest, growing cannabis may not be as easy as having a harvest of lettuce in the backyard. Growing cannabis requires effort, especially if you are a beginner. But, it can be fun too.
You can always begin with easier strains such as Blue Dream, Wedding Cake and Sour OG. These strains have a high yield and easily adapt to the weather. But, your amount of effort will primarily depend on whether you choose to grow cannabis indoors or outdoors.
It may be possible that the state law only allows indoor cultivation. In this case, you will have to provide everything a plant needs to survive inside your home. So, from the right spectrum of light and proper ventilation to maintain humidity levels to water cycles and nutrients, you will have to take care of everything. Sounds like a lot, but after proper research, with time and the final yield, you will love the experience.
The only problem that you might face when growing cannabis at home is the constant herby smell. Well, cannabis is smelly. Some say it’s skunky while others say the smell is fruity. But, in any case, you will have a smelly house. And you might even attract some people interested in your harvest. But as long as you keep it contained in a well ventilated area, you will have a great time growing it in your home.
It Costs Money and Contributes Savings Too
Growing cannabis will cost you money. An outdoor setup may be cheaper but you will need to make some investment for the indoor setup. This includes the grow lights, a container, cannabis seeds or plants, nutrients and humidifier, to name a few. But, the good news is that it is only an initial investment. With time, having your own cannabis plants will save you a lot of money.
Medical marijuana patients might relate to the rise in monthly expenses that regular cannabis restocking can lead to. But, with your own harvest at home, you just have to wait a few months before you can stop buying cannabis. There will always be an unlimited supply of freshly cured buds at your home.
Since cannabis cultivation is for personal use only, the initial investment too wouldn’t be huge. Connect with a professional to get some guidance on everything you might need and the total expense.
You Have Complete Control
When you are using cannabis for medical reasons, it’s very important that the herb that goes into your body is of good quality. This is one of the reasons why medical marijuana patients are advised to carefully read the labels of every cannabis product that they buy. But, if you grow your own cannabis, you have complete control over the growing conditions and the quality of your herb.
You can decide the type of fertilizers for the harvest or if you need to use pesticides or not. In addition to this, you also have control over the lights and the water cycles and can use any growing technique that you might want to try. Growing cannabis at home gives you complete control over the cannabis strain too. You can always experiment with different strains and grow the type that you like.
So, as long as you have access to good quality seeds, you can have a yield of good quality cannabis at your home.
It goes without saying that growing cannabis at home is very convenient. You never have to worry about restocking or visiting a medical dispensary. Whenever your stock is nearing its end, you can always reach out to your storage and grab some fresh buds. Growing cannabis is highly beneficial for patients who do not have a cannabis dispensary nearby.
With your own harvest of cannabis, you also get the freedom to try different cannabis consumption methods. From edibles to a plain old rolled joint, you can experiment with every method. Just make sure that you follow every law that the New York government lays out to avoid any legal complications.
Will You Be Growing Your Own Cannabis in New York?
So, whenever the state of New York decides to begin cannabis cultivation at home, do you think you will be one of the many patients with cannabis plants?
Now that you have some idea about the effort and benefits that come along with growing your own cannabis, you will be able to take a side. But if you are still not sure, you have all the time to decide since the law of cannabis cultivation will be in effect only after every other way of accessing the herb legally starts in the state.
Until then, do your research, get your medical marijuana card in New York and wait for the laws to progress.