Cannabis seeds are already popular among recreational users, but their legal status is under intense scrutiny in the US.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that cannabis seeds could be sold in grocery stores as long as they contain the right strain and are not being produced in “cannabis production facilities.”
But in California, where recreational pot sales started in January 2018, some cannabis seeds will be sold with a warning label saying they are “for educational, medical, or recreational purposes only.”
That means cannabis seeds that are being sold in the state could not be grown in laboratories, tested for potency, or sold to people who are under 18.
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the state’s Marijuana Control Board will likely decide by early next year whether the seeds are legal.
California is the first state in the country to legalize recreational pot and the first to regulate the distribution of pot to adults.
But the cannabis industry is already in trouble.
On Wednesday, the Associated Press reported that California’s largest seed distributor, CannaRoyalty, said it was considering shutting down its distribution operations because of the state government’s decision.
CannaRoyality had about 8,000 retail stores and some 150 distributors, including some in the Washington, DC area.
In the Washington state market, which includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, the company has about 2,300 stores.
“Canna Royalty will have no further distribution in the United States at this time,” Canna Royaly said in a statement, adding that it would focus on other markets.
For some growers, the closure could be a big loss.
Jack McAllister, a California grower, said the closure would make it harder to raise money for seed production.
He said he and other growers in the industry have been working hard to find new seed sources, and that he would have to “find someplace else to farm.”
Cannabis is the most popular illicit drug in the world, with more than 2 million users worldwide.
It is a powerful psychoactive, and it can be highly addictive.
A new study by the University of North Carolina found that people who use marijuana are at an increased risk of developing a wide range of mental health conditions, including psychosis, depression, and schizophrenia.
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