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marijuana seeds new zealand

Marijuana seeds new zealand

Cannabis for recreational consumption is prohibited within the borders of New Zealand. Possession of cannabis can result in a hefty fine of $500 and a prospective jail term of up to three months. If caught in possession of more than 28 grams of cannabis or 100 joints, one would be considered a drug dealer per current laws. Unless the individual can prove they are not a drug dealer, this will result in a maximum prison sentence of up to eight years.

Cannabis seeds are produced when the pistils grow out of the calyx, following the fertilization of the female plant by its male counterpart. The fertilization process is an essential part of the plant’s reproductive process. Upon fertilization, the pistils are white and straight but as maturation occurs, they begin to bend, first turning yellow, orange and finally brown.

The status of Cannabis in New Zealand

For residents of New Zealand (NZ) who are determined to acquire cannabis seeds despite the law, mail orders from countries where marijuana is legal can be made. The Netherlands is the most popular country from which NZ residents procure cannabis and cannabis-related products. Besides legality, many cannabis consumers have been duped by seed banks or dispensaries which claim to have outlets in NZ.

In addition to that, public support for cannabis legalisation in New Zealand was at 67 percent as of last year, government has responded with a promised referendum on the matter, to take place next year.

Types of cannabis seeds

Aside from fertilization, cannabis seeds can be created by introducing environmental stressors to the female cannabis plant, inducing the hermaphrodite condition. These environmental stressors include spraying the plant with a solution of colloidal silver or gibberellic acid. These seeds are referred to as ‘feminized cannabis seeds’.

If you wish to both cultivate cannabis and manufacture a medicinal cannabis product, you will need to apply for both the ‘cultivation’ and 'possess for manufacture' activities.

You may also supply seeds or plant material to another licence holder for the manufacture of medicinal cannabis products if their licence allows a ‘possess for manufacture’ activity. You will need to retain evidence of the agreement between you and the manufacturer.

If you hold a medicinal cannabis licence with a ‘cultivation’ activity you may import cannabis seeds for the purposes of cultivation from a country that allows export. You will also need to apply for a controlled drug import licence for each consignment of seed.

A licence with a ‘cultivation’ activity allows you to cultivate cannabis for breeding research.

Cultivating cannabis and manufacturing medicinal cannabis products

Cannabis plants or tissue may not be imported for cultivation at this time due to biosecurity restrictions.

You may declare up to 20 plants AND 50 seeds on a single declaration. There is no limit to the number of declarations that can be made, provided the fee is paid for each declaration.

If you hold a medicinal cannabis licence with a ‘cultivation’ activity you may bring varieties of cannabis already established in New Zealand into the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme by making a declaration and paying the fee of $747.50 (including GST).

Supplying seeds or plant material to another cultivator or manufacturer

A licence with a ‘cultivation’ activity allows you to supply cannabis seeds (act as a seed merchant) or clones for cultivation by another licence holder if their licence also allows a ‘cultivation’ activity.

The imported seeds must also meet the specifications of MPI Import Health Standard IHS 155.02.05.