Is It Illegal To Send Seeds In The Mail?

Of all the questions that arrive from people about shipping seeds, the most interesting one I’ve ever come across is, “is it illegal to send seeds in the mail?”. And, in this question, most of the people want to know about cannabis or marijuana seeds. So, here is my take,,,

In some countries, sending cannabis seeds through the mail is both possible and absolutely legal as long as you do not intend to germinate or grow them. 

Though it’s legal to mail seeds within the USA, if you think of shipping outside the US, it may be illegal. 

Well, in this article, I’m going to go over the legality and regulations of sending and receiving marijuana seeds in the USA, UK, Canada, and a few other countries. 

Is It Illegal To Send Seeds In The Mail

Is It Illegal To Mail Marijuana Seeds?

Be mindful that the legality of mailing weed seeds varies from country to country as well as from region to region. Though I can’t focus on each and every country of the world, I’ll talk about the countries from which the question emerges most often.

Here we go,,,

United States Of America

You may go through lots of ambiguity about the laws in the USA. 

Because you may find weeds are allowed to grow legally in some states. Whereas, even a little bit of smoking is strictly prohibited in other states. 

The confusion might keep increasing with regard to seeds. In this case, remember that seeds themselves do not contain THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) that is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis that produces a high sensation. In addition to growing cannabis, you can also make use of the seeds for lots of purposes. Such as, using them for fishing, buying them as collectibles, or eating them for getting proteins. 

This is exactly why in some states pot seeds are legal but smoking weed or planting seeds is illegal.

However, if you try to transport marijuana seeds across borderlines, you will violate the law. The seeds are marijuana products and that’s why they are not legal on the federal level.

Most interestingly, even if you get caught while purchasing seeds online or trying to ship them from other states, you will less likely get into trouble. 

The seeds are usually only confiscated and you won’t be imprisoned. More can happen, though. So, I do not encourage breaking the law at all.


The USA is considered one of the laxest countries for exporting seeds. Your seeds just require a phytosanitary certificate that proves that they are free from pests and disease.


Are you a UK resident who is planning to buy cannabis seeds? If so, some good news is waiting for you.

In the UK, buying and selling cannabis seeds domestically as well as from other European countries is 100% legal. However, bear in mind that you cannot germinate the seeds, as it is not legal yet in the UK. 

According to a Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs that was signed in 1962 by 180 member countries, though weed itself is an illegal substance, weed seeds aren’t. 

Simply put, cannabis seeds are neither a weed nor a drug. They do not contain any narcotic components that can get you high from it. Thus, this treaty made marijuana seeds legal in every European country. 

Such as, though selling pot seeds is illegal in Germany, delivering them from another European country to Germany is legal because of this international treaty. Sounds weird, right?

In Western Europe, you can also have seeds delivered with ease. As Spain and Holland are the easiest countries, many seed banks are located over there. 

You shouldn’t encounter any sort of trouble in Eastern Europe as well. However, when it comes to marijuana, the majority of eastern countries are found more strict.


In Australia, if you have got a prescription for medicinal cannabis, you can legally both purchase cannabis seeds and grow your own weed. But, you cannot buy seeds unless you have a prescription. 

As a result, plenty of seed shipments get forfeited and numerous seed banks such as Nirvana have completely stopped shipping to Australia. But, Australian customers are still able to order and buy marijuana seeds from online stores. 

Because Weed Seeds Express and ILGM (I Love Growing Marijuana seed bank) still ship in Australia by hiding the seeds with their great stealth shipping methods. Therefore, almost all shipments end up passing through customs. 

New Zealand

You can’t legally purchase weed seeds in New Zealand. Therefore, it is not possible to purchase marijuana seeds from a store. If you are a citizen of New Zealand, all you can do is order seeds from an online shop. 

Though many online cannabis seed banks don’t ship to New Zealand, Marijuana Seeds NL ships worldwide. You can contact them.


If you’re a Canadian inhabitant and planning to purchase cannabis seeds, congratulations! That’s very good news. Because the federal government of Canada made it legal to grow up to four cannabis plants per household. However, you get to purchase the seeds domestically. 

Since very few places legally sell seeds, the choice is so limited and it’s not easy to collect them. That’s why most Canadian growers consider buying seeds online from another country’s seed bank.

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Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQs)

Can you bring seeds to another country?

Yes, you can. But you may need both a phytosanitary certificate and an import permit to bring seeds to another country. Because many countries have got strict rules and regulations to prevent their agriculture from pests and diseases.

Can I fly with seeds?

While traveling you are not allowed to fly with tree seeds. But, seeds from flowers, fruits, and vegetables are permitted if they pass an inspection by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which ensures that your seeds have met all the requirements for entrance.

Can I post seeds to France?

Well, plants and plant matters such as seeds, cuttings, cut flowers, bulbs, firewood, etc. are very much allowed in France. But, these matters get to be inspected by inspectors at the French border. 

They also need to have a phytosanitary certificate that ensures their origin and proves that they won’t pose a threat to France.

Can airport scanners detect seeds?

Yes! Though organic materials like seeds can easily be detected by airport scanners, the scanner can’t exactly tell what this is.

Can you bring plant seeds into the UK?

You cannot bring any plant or parts of plants including seeds into the UK without permission.

Can you mail seeds to California?

Of course! It is legal to send seeds in California right now.

Final Thoughts

Well, that’s all there is to it. Hopefully, you’ve got a skinny on the question whether it is illegal to send seeds in the mail or not.

To sum up, cannabis seeds are often allowed in most of the countries, as the seeds themselves do not contain THC. Though the seeds are legal, the germination of the seed is prohibited.

Are you planning to send or receive any types of seeds, specifically marijuana seeds? I strongly suggest you do some research on whether or not it’s legal in your own country before sending it. And if it’s not legal, avoid doing it.

Now it’s your turn. Did I miss anything in this article? Please do let me know in the comment box below so that I can update the article further. Have a nice day, thanks!!!

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