The Ins and Outs of Home Cultivation for Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Patients
February 18, 2020
By: Stephen Stearman
Thinking about growing your own medical marijuana at home? Wondering if it will be worth it? What does it take and what are the restrictions in Oklahoma? It’s not as easy as growing house plants or raising up a little ganja patch in your backyard. There are rules and costs, not to mention the time and effort it takes to tend to your grow. However, an upfront investment in home cultivation could lead to a cheap long-term supply of medical cannabis.
What Is Needed to Grow Medical Marijuana?
Before you begin shopping for seeds, you’ll want to check out the rules. In Oklahoma, the rules for patient cultivation at home (so far) are not very detailed or restrictive. Per the Oklahoma State Department of Health, a few simple rules must be followed under the Medical Marijuana Control Program. Here’s what you’ll need to know to home grow.
Licensed Patient Cultivation Rules
Who can home grow medical marijuana in Oklahoma?
A licensed patient or their caregiver may grow medical marijuana for the patient. Currently, there is no cultivation licensing process for the patient or caregiver. “A caregiver may only exercise cultivation rights on behalf of up to five medical marijuana patient license holders.”
Where can you grow medical marijuana in Oklahoma?
As a medical marijuana patient license holder or caregiver, any medical cannabis you cultivate must be grown on your property or on the property of someone for which you have the owner’s written permission to grow it on their property. Additional rules about where your medical marijuana is grown include:
- Any and all medical marijuana grown by licensed patients or caregivers shall not be accessible to a member of the general public.
- Any and all medical marijuana grown by licensed patients or caregivers shall not be visible from any street adjacent to the property. Medical marijuana is “visible” if it is viewable by a normal person with 20/20 eyesight without the use of any device to assist in improving viewing distance or vantage point.
- No licensed patient or caregiver shall operate or otherwise use any extraction equipment or processes utilizing butane, propane, carbon dioxide, or any potentially hazardous material in or on residential property.
How much medical marijuana can I home grow in Oklahoma?
A licensed patient or their caregiver may legally possess six mature marijuana plants and six seedling plants; mature plants are flowering plants, while seedlings are non-flowering. You are allowed each so that you may maintain a continuous growth cycle of your medical marijuana.
Currently there are no fees associated with patient home cultivation through the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA).
How to grow medical marijuana at home
Growing marijuana is not easy, and you will want to understand the time, effort, and costs involved.
There are consultants available to help you set up your home grow. However, be sure to do your due diligence as a consumer. Check reviews and get recommendations. There are consultants who are willing to plan according to your needs and budget (somewhat). And you can do anything from a simple setup that you tend to yourself to a very expensive, fully automated home facility that can be controlled from your smartphone.
But in the very least, there are the costs of: making your facility secure; the lights needed for growing; additional electricity; in some cases, temperature control; dehumidifiers; the cost of the seeds or clones.
Some things to take into consideration:
Light Control. Plants at different stages need different amounts of light. You need female plants in order to produce flowers (the bud). Too much light at later stages or leaked-in light could cause plants to produce male flowers, which are seed-heavy. Here’s how a lighting schedule should look: 16-20 hours of light per 24 hours while the plants are in vegetative growth, then 12 hours of light per 24 when you want plants to flower. This will give you an idea of time and electricity spent on lighting alone. Not to mention the cost of the light. You can use HID, fluorescent, or LED—each has its pros and cons.
Home Cultivation Oklahoma:
- Temperature needs to be controlled—between 70 and 80 degrees F. The lights can raise the temperature in the facility. Also, humidity is a factor. You do not want mold on your plants. You will need to keep air flowing as well. This often involves fans and dehumidifiers. Fans should circulate air, not be pointed directly on plants, which can cause windburn.
- Other factors include (but are not limited to) what kind of containers to grow your plants in, whether to use soil or hydroponics and the macronutrients and micronutrients you will need to feed them at various stages.
- Space considerations. You will have to think about the amount of space needed for your plants. Tall, skinny sativa strains may only need 18-by-18 inches of floor space; short, bushy indicas need more.
These are just some of the things you will want to consider when deciding to cultivate medical marijuana at home in Oklahoma. The costs could range from a couple of thousand to get started, to much more, depending on how high-tech you want to get, and whether you want to use a consultant. But if you will be requiring medicinal marijuana for a long period, and you have the time and resources to grow, it will definitely be cost-effective in the long run if you settle into a successful home grow operation.
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