The Micro Grow license, or MG license for short, is a state-issued card that enables the holder to grow up to 2 plants simultaneously for personal consumption and 5 plants for non-personal consumption. Micro Grow licenses are available in all of the country’s states, but not all states require them, and some do not offer them. In most cases, they are good for one year from the issuance date and cost around $25. Even if you don’t live in an area where they’re required or offered by your state, it’s still worth considering getting a Micro Grow license because of both its flexibility and convenience.
Why Do I Need a Micro Grow License?
The purpose of a Micro Grow license is to allow you to grow a small amount of cannabis at home for your use and to grow cannabis for sale or trade. It’s important to remember that even if you’re growing for your consumption, the plants and all harvested parts are still considered illegal. A Micro Grow license will prevent law enforcement from knocking on your door and asking what’s happening with the plants and confiscating parts inside.
Often an MG card will also entitle you to obtain other licenses. For example, if you have a Micro grow in one state and a medical card from another state, it allows you to obtain your medicinal card from that state. Some states allow you to obtain more than just a medical card, such as a driver’s license.
What Can I Grow With My Micro Grow License?
As the title says, “up to 2 plants at a time” (there are some exceptions). That doesn’t mean you need two grown plants to qualify for your license. You can grow up to 5 plants simultaneously (for non-personal consumption). You must register all of the plants with the state; however, you don’t need separate registrations for every individual plant. After the plants are registered, you may cut them down any time. If you don’t cut them down within 30 days of registration, they’ll begin to die and will then be considered abandoned. Abandoned plants and all their parts are considered illegal, and law enforcement can come to take them without a warrant.
What if I Want to Grow More Than 5 Plants?
Some states will allow you to obtain more than the Micro Grow License’s limitations. If your state does not limit how many plants you can grow for yourself, you may consider upgrading to a Large or Magnum license. If you’re growing for sale, your Micro Grow license will allow you to grow up to 5 plants at once, assuming that your state allows it. You cannot grow more than 5 plants at once and sell them without upgrading to a Large or Magnum license. Please note that this license has a few restrictions, such as prohibiting using lights, seeds, and other materials to grow plants indoors.
How to Obtain a Micro Grow License?
To obtain a Micro Grow license, you’ll need to contact your state’s department of health or department of agriculture (or whatever agency oversees these types of permits). They will provide you with the necessary forms and answer any questions you may have. Usually, there is an application fee to cover the cost of issuance and administration. If there is no initial fee, be prepared for an annual renewal fee, which tends to be around $20-$30. It should take about two weeks from applying to receiving your card in the mail but if you don’t get it within three months, give them a call. That’s how long it took in my case.
What if I Want to Get a Medical Marijuana Card Instead?
If you live in a state where marijuana is allowed for medical use (or are looking to move there), obtaining a card is much easier than obtaining an MG license. The most popular MMJ (medical marijuana) card states are Colorado, Washington, Oregon and California. To obtain an MMJ card, you’ll need to first register with the state and provide proof of residency. Once you have everything set up, you can go from visiting the doctor every month to only visiting once a year or every few years, depending on your state’s requirements.
The MG license allows you to grow and harvest your cannabis, but in most cases, you’ll want to obtain a medical card. The only reason you might want to keep your MG card is that some states require that you have one before obtaining an MMJ card. The bottom line is that the MG license should be both a consideration and a fallback plan for any grower. Consider it because it will give you the freedom to grow at home, whether for your consumption or to trade with others, and it could save you from unwanted searches if law enforcement comes knocking on your door asking about your plants.