These days, almost everything can be bought online. We do our shopping online. We go and buy our necessities online. We purchase things we use for leisure online. We even see weed plants for sale all over the internet with just a simple press of a button in your favorite search engine.
Yes, it is now common for you to see businesses selling marijuana plants and seeds online. While cannabis has always been popular worldwide, it has since become an even bigger sensation when Canada and several other North American states decided to legalize it. Since then, more and more people are now using cannabis. This led to a sharp increase in marijuana demand all across the continent. In Canada, there has even been a shortage of marijuana because of the increase in demand.
And because the demand has increased, there was a need for people to come up with their own demand or to look for other places where they can buy marijuana. That is why online cannabis stores are now even more popular than they ever were in the past. Most of those online stores are what we call seed banks.
What are Cannabis Seed Banks?
If you are merely talking about seed banks, these are storage facilities that keep plant seeds safe, secured, and fresh. There are several reasons why these seed banks exist. One of which is that they are supposed to keep the genetics of the plants pure in case some breeders and farmers need them to increase the yields of certain crops.
Another reason is to make sure the seeds of certain endangered plants are kept safe in case of calamities or other instances that could endanger their continued existence.
That said, cannabis seed banks act in a very similar way. These seed banks are businesses that source marijuana seeds from different breeders and producers all over the world and store the seeds themselves for several reasons.
The first reason why marijuana seed banks store these seeds is to, of course, sell them to prospective growers and breeders. There are plenty of people growing and cultivating their own marijuana plants out there. There are even those that use the genetics of certain strains to come up with their own strains.
Another reason why marijuana seed banks exist is to breed new cannabis strains. Because these seed banks have access to a wide range of cannabis seeds, they can choose to breed different strains if they are looking to mix the best attributes of two or more strains into one single type of marijuana.
Finally, although they are seed banks, these businesses also sell cannabis plants and buds. There are some seed banks that actually sell pre-rolled joints, cannabis flowers, and other marijuana byproducts.
Due to the rising popularity of the internet, seed banks have also made their way to the internet and are now selling marijuana plants and seeds online. And if you ask your cannabis enthusiasts friends, they have most likely bought from cannabis stores and from seed banks online. There are even those that prefer making their marijuana plant purchases online.
Why you Should not Buy Marijuana Plants Online?
Although it is indeed true that shopping for marijuana plants and just about anything related to cannabis is so much easier than actually going out of the house to go to the store to buy your weed, there are some disadvantages to it. After all, everything has a catch. Just because something seems easier it does not mean that it is the better choice.
In that sense, there are reasons that would make you think that it might not be a good idea to get your marijuana online.
- You might run into legal issues
This should probably be the biggest reason why you should try to avoid getting your marijuana online. Even though you live in a country or state that allows the use and cultivation of cannabis plants, getting them from online stores and seed banks can still run the risk of getting you into trouble with the law.
The reason for such is that there are online stores that operate outside of countries and states that allow marijuana. For example, if you happen to live in California where cannabis is legal but order your marijuana from a different state, your plants can still get confiscated because marijuana is still federally illegal in the United States.
If you live in Canada, you can still get into trouble with the law because marijuana is a heavily regulated drug in that country. While it might be legal, there are still rules and regulations in place. One of which is that you can only get your weed legally from stores that are licensed by the state. As such, if the online seed bank you ordered from is not licensed to operate in your province, you may run the risk of running into some trouble.
- Cops are waiting at the end of the line
One day you are feeling lucky enough to buy your weed from a very good seller of high-quality marijuana online. You got your cannabis at a very good price and the seller promised to ship the weed to you in anonymous packaging that will not show an indication that what is inside is marijuana.
The seller did indeed fulfill its promise by keeping your details safe and by making sure nothing about the package spells weed. However, the problem here is that you do not know if someone is intercepting your transaction over in another line. You did not know that the authorities were actually able to collect your information via their own methods and means. So instead of expecting high-quality marijuana seeds at your doorstep, you might find the cops knocking on your front door instead.
In places where marijuana is not legal, cop busting is actually very common. This happens a lot in the United States especially in states that are yet to legalize marijuana. USPS employees are actually given the authority to check packages to see if they contain anything illegal. And if they see that your package seems a bit suspicious, they can easily notify the cops. The police would then act as postal workers and arrest whoever receives the package.
If you do not want to run into such a problem, it might be better off for you to look for a different way of getting your marijuana plants.
- There are a lot of scams online
Cannabis is a growing industry all around the world. As such, there are more marijuana-related businesses online sprouting out of nowhere. You now see more online stores and seed banks selling marijuana today because of how sharply marijuana has increased in terms of its demand. This is natural because business-minded people would want to take advantage of the growth of the cannabis industry to make profits.
However, this growth in the marijuana industry has also led to an increase in people who will take advantage of the situation to try to scam money out of them. Because it is easier to keep yourself anonymous online, there are people out there willing to bully money out of you by convincing you that they are selling weed at a very good price but only to show later on that they were actually fake sellers.
In such a case, they have the advantage of being anonymous and will be very hard to trace.
On your part, you should try to be cautious when dealing with shady online sellers. Some online stores may look legitimate but are actually just waiting to scam the money out of you. In some cases, there are stores that are actually selling legitimate weed but will end up giving you low-quality marijuana flowers that are not worth the money you paid for. As such, be as wary as possible when dealing with online stores and seed banks that may seem legitimate but are actually just scammers.
- Using your card might prevent you from entering the United States
When you buy marijuana from online stores or seed banks, there is a good chance that you paid for them using through credit by using your Visa or Mastercard. If you are from Canada and are buying from a legal online source of cannabis plants, you will have no problems so long as you stay in Canada.
However, the problem arises if you try to enter the United States. Because Visa and Mastercard are based in the United States, the US Patriot Act can come into force if you buy marijuana from places where it is legal. If your bank maintains a corresponding banking relationship with American banks, using your credit card to buy cannabis (which are illicit according to the US Patriot Act) can get you into trouble with the US Government.
While that might not be such a big problem that would land you in an American prison, the US Government still reserves the right to deny you entry into their country if they found out that you used your card to purchase marijuana from an online store in Canada.
This actually is one of the biggest problems the cannabis community faces. As such, banks in Canada are still hesitant to accept transactions involving marijuana as they can easily be subpoenaed if the US Government finds out they are involved with transactions that the US Patriot Act considers illicit.