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Hemp in Pennsylvania

Through the Act relating to Controlled Plants and Noxious Weeds, Pennsylvania’s USDA-approved Hemp Program issues permits for growing and processing hemp under the PA Hemp General Permit.

For 2022, the Department of Agriculture had issued:

  • 275 hemp growing permits, including 14 research permits, and
  • 53 hemp processing permits, including 2 research permits

You can view hemp permit locations through the PA Hemp Permit Map and Database.

The department is committed to continuing to foster the growth of hemp as a profitable, sustainable and in-demand product.

How to Apply for a PA Hemp Permit

Growing and research permit applications for the current season were accepted until April 1st, and will be accepted again in October through April of the following year. Processing permit applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

Step 1 – Read PA Hemp General Permit Guidelines (PDF)

Step 2 – Review Application Instructions (PDF) and reference as you complete Step 3.

Step 3 – Complete permit application on PA Plants or complete 2022 Hemp Permit Application & Renewal Form (PDF) or Research Permit Application Form.