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is it illegal to send seeds in the mail

Keeping this in consideration, can you mail seeds to another country?

Because most countries have regulations to protect against agricultural pests and diseases as well as invasive species, you will probably need both a phytosanitary certificate and an import permit to take or send your seeds to another country.

Secondly, how do you mail seeds? Small seeds such as tomato and pepper seeds to some extent can be sent in a plain envelope with something like a thick paper towel for padding. If there is more than one packet they need to be taped down so that they can’t get on top on each other.

My understanding is that because the seeds themselves do not contain THC, they are technically legal to mail. The seed labeling is always marked something like “birdseed” or “for novelty only, do not germinate” or “for collection/preservation only, do not germinate where illegal to do so”.

Can you send plants through the mail?

In fact, according to the USPS mailing code, most plants are mailable within the United States, as long as the USDA does not prohibit them. Just make sure that you‘re gentle with the plant as you remove it from the soil. Package and ship the plant as soon as possible.

Take a bag of granola, seeds and other stuff and place your marijuana seeds and just throw in your luggage.


Take a packet of sunflower seeds, make a hole the size of the marijuana seeds and place the seeds, cover the hole with transparent tape


“Hear ye, hear ye!” July 26th, 2016 is the 241st anniversary of the most venerable of U.S. institutions, the United States Postal Service. You’ll no doubt recognize agency members by those timeless navy blue shorts and the eagle logo on the side of their trucks. The USPS has been making deliveries for nearly two and a half centuries, yet there’s a lot about this organization that people don’t know. Namely, what is the risk of mailing or shipping cannabis through the U.S. Postal Service?

Put it in your shoes.


Easy solution if you are worried about odors, is using a sharpie shell, or some other type of permanent marker. These cartridges are usually made to prevent odors from passing to the outside. Most plastics can allow small particles of marijuana, that are fat-based, like marijuana to go through the outside, however, permanent marker plastic is altered chemically to prevent that odors come out.

b. If the package does come within one of these stated classes (and is therefore sealed against inspection), it may be opened and its contents examined only if (1) the package displays on its exterior the sender’s statement that it may be opened for inspection; (2) the agricultural inspector telephones the addressee or sender, obtains his or her consent to open the package and examine its contents, and certifies on a form submitted to the Postal Inspection Service that such consent was obtained; or (3) when neither of the foregoing types of authorization to open and examine is available, a federal search warrant is obtained based on probable cause to believe that the contents of the package will evidence violation of the marking requirement of the Terminal Inspection Act.

Looks like to me it’s basically saying the outside package needs to identify what is inside. if it’s plants, write “Plants” on the package. if it’s seeds. you write seeds.

This page presents a link by state that is the lists referred to in the page you reference from the postal service. I’m lucky, Georgia doesn’t have any ‘noxious’ weed restrictions 😀

Most are imported, non-native plants (think kudzu) that might endanger local ecosystems.

you’re okay on a federal level.

I’m sure your post office will clear it up for you.

from your paragraph. “if the outside of the package is not marked with a statement that fully and conspicuously identifies the contents “.