As the winds of winter fade, the days get longer, and the sun warms the ground, you may have the urge to indulge your green thumb by growing your own cannabis. It’s called weed for a reason and given the right conditions it will grow like a weed. The Stem Garden Club is committed to helping you achieve a joyful harvest.

First, however, it is important to keep in mind that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts places limits on cultivation, both indoor and outdoor.

  • You must be at least 21 years of age to grow cannabis at home.
  • You may grow up to six plants.
  • You may grow up to twelve plants at the residence if two persons over 21 years old are growing.
  • Your plants must be grown in an area that is secured by a lock or other security device.
  • Your plants cannot be visible from a public place without the use of binoculars, aircraft, or other optical aids.
  • A violation of the law regarding home cultivation is subject to a fine of up to $300 and forfeiture of the marijuana.

If you are growing outdoors in a fenced garden you may want to have a fence high enough to block visibility if your plants grow as “high as an elephant’s eye”, the height of corn from the musical “Oklahoma”.

New England climate can be challenging for growing cannabis so you may want to choose a strain that is compatible with those conditions. You can rely on the Stem Garden Club to help you make those decisions.

It is said that “Cannabis cultivation is where science meets nature, and magic happens.” Good luck with your grow!

Attorney Will Luzier is a cannabis commerce & compliance consultant and the former Campaign Manager for Yes on 4 to Tax and Regulate Marijuana.