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Is Growing Tobacco Illegal?

Posted by admin | Posted in Growing Tobacco | Posted on 15-08-2008

Technically speaking, it is not illegal to grow tobacco. In fact, the practice of growing tobacco inside homes and gardens is widely accepted in most nations. It is done in the U.S., Australia, China, Brazil, and India. It could be legal where you are too.

While growing tobacco for personal use is normally a let go case, growing them for commercial purposes is strictly regulated in all countries. Producing tobacco in large quantities to be sold in the market requires license from the government.

The government implements rules against tobacco manufacturing to be sure that market doesn’t have too many cigars than it needs. The move is also done to prohibit the illegal trade of tobacco across countries. Tobacco is hot merchandise and can be addictive. This is why the government of most nations is doing its best to regulate its sale.

In Malta and in Italy, home growers of tobacco need a license from their respective government agriculture agencies. Some countries totally restrict the growing of tobacco in homes. Check with your local officials to be sure.

Growing tobacco in your home has its advantages, especially if you’re an avid smoker. By preparing your own smoke, you can be sure that you get only quality leaves and at half the cost in the market. Cigars grown lovingly in your garden are guaranteed to taste so much better than the ones bought at convenience stores. People who have a distinct love for tobacco are advised to try growing their own rolls right from their backyard.


  1. I think growing your own tobacco is a good idea. But I know people who have gotten in trouble for the rolling papers. The police say it is drug parafenelia. So how do we get around that one?

  2. Hey Mary,

    Rolling papers are in and of themselves NOT drug paraphernalia. That’s why you can buy them at most convenience stores. If questioned about them tell police they are for your legal tobacco and you should not have a problem.

  3. Mary, buy papers like Bugler, Top, Drum or American Spirit. Do not buy Zig-Zag, Joker, etc. Zig Zag & Joker are mainly for pot smokers, and as such, they collect a lot of the smoke as resin. This is useful for pot smokers, who want all the THC they can get, but it’s probably not what you want for tobacco.

    Bugler, Top, Drum, American Spirit are all made for tobacco. They will burn cleanly, just like a pre-made cigarette paper would.

  4. But coincidentally Zig-Zag sells a pretty good tobacco. I use zig-zag tobacco and top papers. Top papers only because I bought a little top roller and top papers are the only ones that fit, the others are too long. Having tried several different kinds of papers over the years, for various reasons, they all seem the same to me, except of course for the flavored ones.

  5. its been nearly 3 weeks since the seeds sprouted but they are only 1/4 to3/8” in height. is this normal? ive followed all instructions to the letter and water daily with miracle grow and water and keep them in the sun all day. please help me as i am new to tobacco growing.

  6. Here is the law in FL on cigarettes. I read it as if you roll a cigarette for yourself or someone else, you are technically responsible for paying the state a tax. There is no exemption for personal use that I can see and as you can see, the MERE POSSESSION of a cigarette without the taxes paid is illegal. Sad but true what we have come to.

    210.02 Cigarette tax imposed; collection.
    (1) An excise or privilege tax, in addition to all other taxes of every kind imposed by law, is imposed upon the sale, receipt, purchase, possession, consumption, handling, distribution, and use of cigarettes in this state, in the following amounts, except as hereinafter otherwise provided, for cigarettes of standard dimensions:

  7. can anyone tell me if its ilegal to grow tabacco for personal use in Australia and can i purchase seeds from overseas suppliers

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