The deadline for Minnesota hemp growers and processors is fast approaching.

Potential licensees have until Tuesday, April 30th (2024) to apply.

So far, 113 people have applied for their hemp license. To do so, you must apply on the Minnesota Department of Agriculture website. The license will be valid for the 2024 calendar year.

What the License Covers

This license only applies to growing and processing industrial hemp. "Processing" refers to harvesting, cleaning, and drying the harvested crop; plus decorticating and retting.

What the License Does NOT Cover

This license does not cover growth nor the sale of adult-use or medical cannabis. It's also not for the sale of hemp-derived cannabinoid products like CBD pills, gummies, lotions, tinctures, etc.

What You'll Need To Apply For a License

  • pass a criminal background check (this includes all authorized representatives that are designated by the applicant. EVERYONE must pass the criminal background check)
  • submit fingerprints (for first-time applicants)
  • Pre-harvest THC regulatory testing for every lot of hemp. Each sample costs $100.
  • $400 minimum for a grower license
  • $500 minimum for a processing license

The application can be found at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's website. Again, the deadline to apply is Tuesday, April 30th.

What Can Hemp Do?

Hemp really is a great product. It can be used to make oil, plastic, clothing, lip balm, bath bombs, and liquid soap. It can even be used to make tea, flour, and milk.

There's also very little waste as almost the entire plant can be used or processed into useful products.

H/T: Echo Press / Signature Products

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