Of the 42 US states and territories that have legalized recreational or medical cannabis as of this writing, only 26 allow people to grow their own weed at home. Two of those states, Washington and Illinois, have recreational markets but only allow homegrowing if you have a medical card, and one of them, New Jersey, has recreational weed but doesn’t allow anyone to grow their own—not even medical patients. 

On top of that, breaking homegrow laws incurs the harshest penalties and heaviest fines compared to breaking weed possession or consumption laws. A lot of state legislatures seem to equate homegrowing to distribution instead of personal use, an archaic idea left over from the illicit days. 

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