Now accepting applications to the 2020 Hemp Pilot Program.

Any persons wishing to grow or process industrial hemp in Minnesota must obtain a Hemp Program license. The deadline to apply for a 2020 license is March 31. 

Complete the following steps to obtain a license to grow or process hemp in Minnesota:

STEP 1: Applicant fills out online application, registers their grow and processing locations on a GIS map, and pays the program fees.

STEP 2: Once the application is completed and the fees paid, MDA staff mails the applicant a blank fingerprint card and instructions on how to get fingerprinted at a local law enforcement office. 

STEP 3: Applicant mails their fingerprint card, a check for $33.25, and a completed Hemp Program Background Check Request Form to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). 

STEP 4: The BCA completes the background check and mails it to the MDA.  As long as the background check does not contain a controlled substance-related felony conviction in the last 10 years, the applicant will be approved. Upon approval, the MDA will send the applicant their license. 


The process will be faster than in previous years. It will take approximately 4 weeks for licensing from start to finish. 

If you cannot complete the application online, please call the MDA Hemp Program at (651) 201-6600 to request a paper form. 

No one will have access to your private data except those permitted access by law, your written consent, court order, or those department employees whose job duties require access. Names, addresses of study participants, and locations of research or study sites are private data.


2020 FEES

The MDA is required to collect annual fees for registration of sites and certification of hemp crops through THC testing.  All fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. **New for 2020- there is a $50 processing fee for all changes to licenses that occur after March 31, 2020. Such changes include: changing the license holder's name; adding new grow or processing locations; and changing existing grow or processing locations. All changes must be made by submitting a Change Request Form. 

Grower License $150
Each Grow Location  $250
Each Additional Inspection for THC Testing Beyond First Harvest $250
Each Additional Sample for THC Testing Beyond First Sample $125 
License Change Fee (for changes made after March 31) $50
Processor License $250