- Jennifer Betz
Where Can You Grow Marijuana Plants if You Have a Missouri Marijuana Card?
Updated: Nov 9, 2021
It's not too late in the season to get started growing your own cannabis plants!
Lots of cannabis enthusiasts dream about growing their own marijuana plants. The sense of independence that comes with growing a plant that has been taboo for so long, harvesting and using it as your own medicine free of fear of legal trouble—there’s just something special about it.
For Missouri residents who have a medical marijuana card, that dream has become a true possibility. Qualifying for a marijuana card in Missouri is easy, and then all you need to do is apply for a home cultivation ID card and you are good to grow!
When you apply for the home cultivation license, you will be required to submit some details about your plans for growing, and a pledge to keep your plants under lock and key.
If you aren’t yet sure where you plan to grow your plants, you don’t have to apply for the cultivation ID at the same time as your medical card. You can take some time to prepare your plan and apply once you have your details hammered out.
One of the main questions a lot of Missouri patients have on their minds is where they will grow their marijuana plants in order to remain compliant with the regulations set forth by the MO Department of Health and Senior Services.
In this post, we are going to answer some of your questions about where you can grow your plants, and how to stay within the limits of Missouri law while cultivating your own natural relief.
Where Can I Grow Marijuana Plants in Missouri With a Home Cultivation ID?
You can grow your marijuana plants just about anywhere, as long as you can keep them inaccessible to anyone who is not a qualifying medical marijuana patient.
Growing Marijuana Indoors
If you are growing your cannabis plants inside, there are few limitations on where you can grow. Your plants don’t need a lot of space, and most personal home cultivators choose to grow in an unused closet or in the basement.
These are convenient spots, because they are discreet, there is some level of being able to control the odor, and it is easy to simply lock the door in order to make sure no one can get access to your plants.
The main concern with growing inside, is making sure your set-up does not pose a fire hazard. Cheap lamps can get hot, you can overload your circuits, and a fire that starts in a closet or basement can get out of hand quickly.
Check out this guide on keeping your grow operation safe, for tips and tricks on how to prevent your fresh stash (and home) from going up in smoke.
Growing Marijuana Plants Outside in Missouri
You can also grow your marijuana plants outside, but you need to take your neighbors into consideration here. Additionally, securing your plants can be a little more challenging, but it can be done.
There are several ways in which you can secure your outdoor grow operation, just as long as you also ensure that your plants cannot be seen with the unaided eye. This is important to keep in mind, because they must also not be visible from any level of an existing structure.
So, for those of you with neighbors who have bedrooms in their attic, you may want to be extra careful to avoid their extended line of sight (or at least make sure they won’t complain about your new green beauties).
Can I Grow Marijuana Plants if I Rent My Home?
This one gets a little bit tricky, because there is no protection for marijuana card holders who grow their own plants. As a matter of fact, there is not currently a precedent in the courts that would indicate that any marijuana use is protected under landlord/tenant laws.
Using Medical Marijuana When You Rent
Missouri residents who rent their homes are subject to the rules set forth in the property rules and regulations, as well as the restrictions in your lease. Your landlord cannot discriminate based on disability or medical needs, but they can prohibit illegal substances.
As of May 2021, marijuana is still federally illegal, but Missouri lawmakers have worked hard to protect citizens of the Show Me State against certain kinds of federal law enforcement when it comes to using medical marijuana. They have proposed laws protecting prospective adoptive parents who use medical marijuana, and laws protecting gun-owners who have a medical marijuana card. Landlord/tenant laws may be next on the agenda.
Growing Medical Marijuana When You Rent
Here’s the thing about growing medical marijuana: It smells like marijuana, and the odor is difficult to hide. Can your landlord go through your private stuff and snoop in your closet? No. But they won’t have to if you are not careful and diligent about the smell.
You might have a great relationship with the owner/management of the building in which you live. If this is the case, talk to them about the logistics. If not, however, it may not be a great idea to try to hide your plants. The grow lights put a telltale drain on your electricity, and mature plants are quite pungent. We don’t recommend taking the risk. However, if you are planning to try to hide your home cannabis-growing operation, you should ensure careful fire-safety practices, and use a carbon filter in your sealed grow space to cut down on smell.
Wherever You Grow Marijuana Plants in Missouri, You Need a Marijuana Card to Get Started!
Growing your own medicine can be one of the most rewarding ways to get control of your treatment plan. And wherever you decide to grow, you need a Missouri marijuana card in order to legally grow marijuana plants.
We are here to help you through every step of the process, with knowledgeable staff and understanding doctors. Give Missouri Marijuana Card a call at (877) 303-3117, or schedule a convenient telehealth appointment today!
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At Missouri Marijuana Card, our mission is helping everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.
Call us at (877) 303-3117, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!
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