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Hemp in Pennsylvania

Applications for new and renewal hemp permits for 2023 are now closed.

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 2022, the Department of Agriculture 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 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

Growing and research permit applications for 2023 will be accepted from October through April 1st. 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 Hemp Permit Application & Renewal Form (PDF) or Research Permit Application Form.