Hemp Production

image of hemp field with the text "Industrial Hemp Program"



Individuals and entities who wish to grow hemp in Hawaii must acquire a hemp production license from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Domestic Hemp Production Program and comply with the following state requirements:

  1. Hemp growth can also occur outside of the state agricultural district;
  2. Hemp shall not be grown 300 feet of pre-existing real property comprising a playground, childcare facility, or school;
  3. Hemp shall not be grown within 100 feet of any pre-existing house, dwelling unit, residential apartment, or other residential                    structure that is not owned or controlled by the license holder;
  4. Hemp shall not be grown in any house, dwelling unit, residential apartment, or other residential structure.


Applications for USDA hemp production licenses must be submitted directly to the USDA through Hemp eManagement Platform (HeMP). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. When applying for a USDA hemp production license, the applicant must provide a copy of an FBI criminal history report. Instructions on how to obtain the report from the FBI may be viewed here: FBI Criminal History Report. An applicant will not receive a USDA hemp production license if the applicant has been convicted of a felony related to a controlled substance in the last 10 years. Once issued, USDA hemp production licenses are active for three years.

All requirements and information related to the USDA hemp program may be viewed at https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/hemp. If you have questions, please email [email protected] or call (888) 721-HEMP(4367).



Use this form to report the transportation of hemp outside of a field of legal cultivation HP-1 Transportation Report

What: Any planned transportation (including importation, inter-island, intra-island, and exportation) of the following must be reported:

    1. Live hemp plants, propagative plant parts, viable seeds
    2. Harvested hemp floral material in raw botanical form (including dried)
    3. Harvested hemp leaf material in raw botanical form (including dried).


When: A transportation report must be submitted at least three business days prior to the date of transportation.

A report is NOT required for transportation of the following:

    1. Hemp products/processed hemp
    2. Mature stalk material
    3. Retted fiber
    4. Non-viable seed


NOTE: Any transportation of hemp must abide by all applicable laws and regulations, including but not limited to state requirements regarding the importation, inter-island transportation, or exportation of live seed, live plants, and cut flowers. See https://hdoa.hawaii.gov/pi/pq/ for more information on import, export, and in state movement of live seed, live plants, and cut/fresh plant materials which may be applicable to your planned transportation. Also visit https://health.hawaii.gov/medicalcannabis/ for more details on hemp processing and hemp products. Questions on hemp processing and products may be referred to the Office of Medical Cannabis Control and Regulation at (808) 692-7450 or [email protected]

Send the completed Transportation Report to: [email protected] as a single attachment.
Or by mail to:
Quality Assurance Division
ATTN: Hemp
1851 Auiki St.
Honolulu, HI 96819
NOTE: If mailing, you must ensure that the report will arrive three business days prior to the planned transportation.

Program Contact: [email protected]