Is Homegrown for You?

Home Cultivation Missouri: Thinking about growing your own medical marijuana at home? Wondering if it will be worth it? How involved is such an endeavor? It’s not as easy as growing house plants or raising up a little ganja patch in your backyard. There are rules and costs, not to mention the time and effort it takes to tend to your grow. However, a pricy upfront investment in home cultivation could lead to a cheap long-term supply of medical cannabis.

What Is Needed to Home Grow Medical Marijuana?

The first thing you need is to peruse the rules laid down by Article XIV of the Missouri Constitution. There are conditions, restrictions, and costs involved. So before you spend any money, time, and effort, you’ll want to know exactly what you’ve got to work with legal-wise. Plus, you or your licensed caregiver will have to qualify for a cultivation license. Here’s what you’ll need to know about the rules.

Qualifying Patient Cultivation Rules

Who can grow medical marijuana in Missouri?

A qualifying patient or their licensed primary caregiver may apply for a home cultivation license in Missouri. In the patient/caregiver relationship, only one may apply, not both. No qualifying patients under the age of 18 may cultivate. Only a qualifying caregiver (always a parent or guardian) may apply for cultivation on their behalf.

The cultivation ID will give authorization to the patient or caregiver to cultivate. The authorization will include the cultivator (patient or caregiver) and the address where they are allowed to cultivate. This ID must be displayed in the cultivation “facility”.

Where can you home grow medical marijuana in Missouri?

Whether you are growing indoors or outdoors, you must cultivate your medical marijuana in an “enclosed, locked facility”. The Missouri rules define this as:

An indoor stationary closet, room, garage, greenhouse, or other comparable fully enclosed space equipped with locks or other functioning security devices that permit access to only the qualifying patient(s) or primary caregiver(s) who have informed the department that this is the space where they will cultivate marijuana.

An outdoor stationary structure that is enclosed on all sides, except at the base, by chain-link fencing, wooden slats, or similar material that is anchored, attached or affixed to the ground and that cannot be accessed from the top. Also, in which the plants are not visible to the unaided eye from an adjacent property when viewed by an individual at ground level or from a permanent structure at any level. And that is equipped with locks or other security devices that restrict access to only the qualifying patient(s) or primary caregiver(s) who have informed the department that this is the space where they will cultivate marijuana.

How much medical marijuana can you home grow in Missouri?

As a qualifying patient or approved caregiver, you may cultivate up to six flowering marijuana plants, six nonflowering marijuana plants (over 14 inches tall), and six clones (plants under 14 inches tall) at any given time in a single, enclosed locked facility.

The reason one patient can have non-flowering plants and clones is that cultivating plants is a continuous cycle. Nonflowering plants and clones are not in producing states, and therefore, will not provide usable medical marijuana for several weeks.

Multi-Patient Home Cultivation Area in Missouri

Two qualifying patients, who both hold valid qualifying patient cultivation identification cards, may share one enclosed, locked facility.

No more than 12 flowering marijuana plants, 12 nonflowering plants, and 12 clones may be cultivated in a single, enclosed locked facility, except when one of the qualifying patients, as a primary caregiver, also holds a patient cultivation identification card for a third qualifying patient, in which case that primary caregiver may cultivate six additional flowering marijuana plants, six additional nonflowering marijuana plants, and six additional clones for a total of 18 flowering marijuana plants, 18 nonflowering marijuana plants, and 18 clones in a single, enclosed locked facility.

All plants must be clearly labeled with the patient’s name and all cultivation IDs must be posted in the facility.

Home Cultivation License Fee in Missouri

The cultivation license fee is $100 due at the time of application.

You can apply to cultivate marijuana when you apply for your patient or caregiver ID or at a later time. The rules say that all licenses are for 12 months, but there is a caveat: Authorization to cultivate will expire at the same time as your qualifying patient/primary caregiver ID, and the application fee will still be $100 no matter how much time remains until your ID expires.

When applying for your home cultivation license in Missouri

You can apply for a home cultivation license once you register on the Missouri Medical Marijuana Program Portal. You can apply at the time you are applying for a qualifying patient or primary caregiver license, or you can go in and apply later.

It’s important to describe the enclosed, locked facility you plan to use in as much detail as possible. Describe where it is and how you will keep it secure. Describe the type and brand of the lock(s) you will be using. If it’s an outdoor facility, be sure to mention that the plants will not be visible to the public and describe how you achieved this. Give the address of the facility and how only you, the patient or caregiver, will be the only one to have access. Try to repeat and confirm the details in the rules for the “enclosed, locked facility” above.

How to grow medical marijuana at home

Growing marijuana is not easy, and you will want to understand the time, effort, and costs involved—beyond the licensing fee.

There are consultants available to help you set up your home grow. However, be sure to do your due diligence as a consumer. Check reviews and get recommendations. There are consultants who are willing to plan according to your needs and budget (somewhat). And you can do anything from a simple setup that you tend to yourself to a very expensive, fully automated home facility that can be controlled from your smartphone.

But in the very least, there are the costs of making your facility secure; the lights needed for growing; additional electricity; in some cases, temperature control; dehumidifiers; the cost of the seeds or clones.

Home Cultivation Missouri – things to take into consideration:

  • Light Control. Plants at different stages need different amounts of light. You need female plants in order to produce flowers (the bud). Too much light at later stages or leaked-in light could cause plants to produce male flowers, which are seed-heavy. Here’s how lighting schedules should look: 16-20 hours of light per 24 hours while the plants are in vegetative growth, then 12 hours of light per 24 when you want plants to flower. This will give you an idea of time and electricity spent on lighting alone. Not to mention the cost of the light. You can use HID, fluorescent, or LED—each has its pros and cons.
  • The temperature needs to be controlled—between 70 and 80 degrees F. The lights can raise the temperature in the facility. Also, humidity is a factor. You do not want mold on your plants. You will need to keep air flowing as well. This often involves fans and dehumidifiers. Fans should circulate air, not be pointed directly on plants, which can cause windburn.
  • Other factors include (but are not limited to) what kind of containers to grow your plants in, whether to use soil or hydroponics and the macronutrients and micronutrients you will need to feed them at various stages.
  • Space considerations. You will have to think about the amount of space needed for your plants. Tall, skinny Sativa strains may only need 18-by-18 inches of floor space; short, bushy Indicas need more.

These are just some of the things you will want to consider when deciding to cultivate medical marijuana at home in Missouri. The costs could range from a couple of thousand to get started to much more, depending on how high-tech you want to get, and whether you want to use a consultant. But if you will be requiring medicinal marijuana for a long period, and you have the time or resources to grow, it will definitely be cost-effective in the long run if you settle into a successful grow operation.

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