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Hemp in Pennsylvania

Through the 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 2023, the Department of Agriculture issued: 

    • 215 hemp growing permits, including 14 research permits, and
    • 52 hemp processing permits, including 1 research permits

You can view hemp permit locations through the PAHemp 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

Applications for new and renewal hemp permits for 2024 will be accepted beginning October 1st and will be accepted throughout the year.

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 Hemp Permit Application & Renewal Form (PDF) or Research Permit Application Form