If you don’t like cannabis you’re definitely not going to like that it will be legal to grow cannabis in Ontario come 2018.

That’s right! The Ontario government must have come to the realization that prohibiting the right of Ontarians to grow cannabis would be at worst unconstitutional, and at best, really lame.

The times they are a changing, and whether you think these policies are just a bunch of hot air blowing in the wind, one could make the argument premier Wynne truly believes everybody must get stoned.

Putting aside the Bob Dylan puns, provincial legislation will be in in line with the federal Cannabis Act and each residence will be allowed to grow four cannabis plants, indoors or outdoors.

What a time to be alive.

Should the government allow you to grow more than four plants? Obviously yes, but legalization is a long process and I’ve learned to be happy with the little wins while continuing to fight for sensible cannabis policies.

So grab your grow-tents, high-pressure sodium or LED lights, nutrients and the like, and get ready to start growing!

This news is such a big deal for the cannabis community – and Ontarians alike – because in September it was reported the province of Quebec had chosen to follow Ontario’s decision and ban home cultivation. The only problem was Ontario hadn’t a ban on home cultivation….

I began a two month quest in which I sought to determine whether premier Wynne was seeking to prohibit your right to grow cannabis and began reaching out to the Office of Hon. Yasir Naqvi, the Attorney General of Ontario, asking whether home cultivation would be permitted, and after a few months of pestering (or persisting!) I received my answer:

“In regards to home cultivation of cannabis … individuals 19 and older will be permitted to cultivate cannabis plants inside or outside of their dwelling (i.e. house, residential home, property, etc.),” says Andrew Rudyk, Press Secretary, Office of Hon. Yasir Naqvi, adding that a maximum of four cannabis plants would be allowed per residence, that plants must originate from a licensed seed or seedling supplier, and that organic solvents couldn’t be used in making cannabis products.

If you’re interested in cultivating your own cannabis, you’ll be able to head to the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation (OCRC) store to purchase your seeds and starting materials, in addition to dried and fresh cannabis, and cannabis oil.

Unfortunately for cannabis lounges and head shops which selling bongs, pipes, rolling papers & the like, the Ontario cannabis store will also be in the business of selling “cannabis-related items” according to Naqvi’s office. It’s pretty depressing that not only did the government not allow for private sales of cannabis by Ontario businesses but that the government also intends to compete with existing business: really not cool.

Interested in cannabis edibles and concentrates? You’ll have to wait one year following legalization before they’re rolled out to consumers for purchase.

“I am glad to hear that the Ontario government will follow the federal recommendations that allow people to grow,” said James Marcoux, proprietor of The Urban Green House, a store specializing in what’s needed to grow cannabis. “It’s a plant that has many uses and it can be grown by just about anybody. It’s rightful place is in anyone’s home or backyard that wants it to be there.”

Marcoux has been involved in the cannabis community as an activist and proprietor for over a decade and he’s both happy and excited with the proposed legislation. “As a business owner who is reminded almost daily of people’s continued struggles regarding lack of support and facing certain stigmas, I realize that there is a lot of work and conversations that still need to happen.”

The only reason cannabis is being legalized and people have the right to grow cannabis is through continued civil disobedience against unconstitutional laws, says Marcoux.

“A ban would not have stopped home cultivation but instead would have made otherwise law-abiding Canadians into criminals,” he said, adding that he intends to provide customers a relaxed atmosphere where they can learn about cannabis cultivation once the substance is legalized.

“There is a lot of information online but what works for one grower doesn’t necessarily work for another grower and there are many different approaches to growing cannabis. As demand increases, we will continue to stay up to date on current growing methods, products and trends.”

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Jon Liedtke is a writer, newspaper guy, trumpet player, lover of democracy, bagels and lox, & cannabis.