Hemp Licensing in New Zealand
In order to grow, trade in, or process industrial hemp as an agricultural crop an individual, body corporate, or partnership needs to be licensed under the Misuse of Drugs (Industrial Hemp) Regulations 2006.
You can apply for a general license for a period of one year at the cost of $511.11 including GST. This allows for the cultivation, processing, possession and supply of low THC cannabis varieties approved by the Director-General of Health.
Research & Breeding License
A research and breeding licence is issued only if the applicant holds a general license and is an additional $153.33 including GST. It allows for the cultivation and processing of approved and non-approved varieties.
To Apply for a License
To apply for a licence to grow, trade in, or process industrial hemp as an agricultural crop, or if you have any further questions - you will need to contact the Controlled Drugs Advisor for Medicines Control for a copy of the registration form:
Please note: a Police vetting check is included as part of the application process. This part of the application can take the longest to process, so it pays to get a copy of your own police check done BEFOREHAND, which you can then provide with your application.
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