Am I allowed to grow cannabis in New York?

In New York, individuals 21 years and older are allowed to grow up to six cannabis plants at home for personal use, specifically, three mature plants and three immature plants. A household, regardless of the number of adults over 21, can grow a maximum of twelve plants (six mature and six immature).

However, it's important to note that the home cultivation of cannabis will not be permitted immediately. According to the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), home cultivation will only be allowed after the Office of Cannabis Management has issued regulations governing it. These regulations must be established no later than 18 months following the commencement of the first adult-use retail sale.

Additional guidelines include:

  • Cannabis plants must be kept in a secure location that is not accessible to anyone under the age of 21.
  • Cannabis grown at home is strictly for personal use and cannot be sold.
  • It is illegal to produce cannabis hash oil or concentrates using any substances like butane, propane, or alcohol from home-grown cannabis.

While local municipalities can enact and enforce regulations related to home cultivation, they cannot completely ban or prohibit it. Always check local regulations in your area to ensure compliance.