Added important date information for industrial hemp licence applications for the 2022 growing season.
You may be charged any costs already owed, relating to administration, travel or accommodation arrangements, if:
Our fees cover the costs of processing an application and are charged per licensing decision so different fee levels may apply. The fee levels are set out in the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2010. Read the full list of fees for controlled drugs licences.
If you are a new or existing grower read our hemp factsheet for information on the licensing process for industrial hemp.
Licence no longer needed
If your company or organisation want to cultivate industrial hemp you need to apply for a controlled drugs domestic licence.
Added important date information for industrial hemp licence applications for the 2021 growing season.
If your company no longer needs a controlled drugs licence you will need to submit a controlled drugs licence return premises closure statement. Even if you continue to trade but no longer handle controlled drugs you will need to submit a statement.
After you apply
or call 0300 105 4848
Information for prospective growers of low THC cannabis (industrial hemp), for the production of seed and fibre only.
A person can only be charged with cultivation or production, not both offences together.
The reason that an individual would be charged with production instead of cultivation is because production is classed as a ‘trafficking’ offence, which allows the authorities to order a POCA (Proceeds of Crime Act) hearing.
Penalties available for cultivation of cannabis
Maximum: 14 years’ imprisonment and/or unlimited fine.
The severity of the penalty applied in relation to cultivation of cannabis will depend on the individual circumstances of the case. The prosecution consider the size of the operation, the individual’s role in said operation & certain mitigating factors. The Sentencing Guidelines for Drug Offences outlines the range of sentences available for cultivation of cannabis cases:
Allowing it, police say, enables criminals to hide in plain sight. For law-abiding growers it could invite burglaries, since their stash is worth $1,000 a pound and easy to resell. Firefighters worry about the blazing hot lightbulbs growers use and their elaborate electrical set-ups.
But home growing has its pleasures. Like tomatoes or carrots, growing one’s own cannabis is cheaper than buying it, and a chance to learn something.
How to grow your own weed
Marijuana growing can be relatively straightforward or “as complicated as you want to make it”, Graf said. Like so many aspects of cannabis, this is a culture advanced largely by solitary men, deeply invested in their competitive world.
“It’s not rocket science,” she said, but it does involve some knowhow.