Nov. 9—Online applications are now open for anyone wishing to grow or process hemp in Minnesota in 2022. A license from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is required for individuals and businesses.
Applications must be submitted by April 30, 2022, and a license is good for the 2022 calendar year.
The application can be found on the MDA website at www.mda.state.mn.us/industrialhemp. Along with the online form, first-time applicants need to submit fingerprints and pass a criminal background check.
There are several changes to the 2022 program. They include:
—The tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) testing fee per grower sample has been reduced from$100 to $125 each.
—Previously, growers were not invoiced for the cost of the first sample; however, fees now will be charged for each sample collected.
The MDA will begin inspecting processor locations. This was not done in the past.
The processor license fee remains at $250, but each processing location will cost $250. Therefore, the minimum cost of a processing license will be $500.
The fee changes bring Minnesota into better alignment with other states and will help adequately fund the MDA’s Hemp Program.