HEMP Ireland Licence Application

Step by Step explanation of the Irish Hemp licence process

Hemp Growing Licence Application for the Republic of Ireland So You Want To Be A Hemp Farmer In Ireland?

We have broken down the entire Irish Hemp licence application process for you. Please read carefully.
Updated

Hemp Licence Applications must be received no later than

April 14, 2020

Once you receive your growers licence (if granted), it is only good til

October 31, 2020

IMPORTANT:

1: Before you go any further, it is illegal in Ireland to plant any Hemp seed for growth, before you have an actual grower licence in your possession from the HPRA (Health Products Regulatory Authority).
2:  At least one of your company directors is an Irish or EU citizen (resident in Ireland).
3:  Have no drug related criminal convictions.
4:  Your planned grow area not to be visible from main roads or public access areas.
5:  Your planned grow area is secure (fencing and on-site security).
6:  Your choice of hemp seed is on the (EU Plant variety database).

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    Research

    It is recommended that you do your due diligence before even considering becoming a Hemp farmer in Ireland.
    It is also recommended that you start small to see if this is really what you want to do.

      Things to Consider
    1. Do you have enough acreage?
      (0.3 hectares or 0.74 acres is the minimum)
    2. Click here for an online acreage calculator
    3. Is the soil good?
      (Loamy is best)
    4. Click here to review Irish soil maps, County by County
    5. What is the correct seed to use?
      (Are you growing for seed, fibre, flower or combination?)
      Finola seeds are the best recommended for Irish soil.
    6. image descriptionClick here to visit the Finola hemp seed website

    7. If you are all good with having enough acreage, good soil and the correct seed... then we recommend you review STEP 2

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    Register a Company

    Why register as a company? Because individuals are not allowed grow Hemp in Ireland and therefore will not be issued a Hemp growing licence. You can however, form a company of one. If only one person is in the company, that person has to be an Irish Citizen or a member of EEA (European Economic Area) otherwise known as European Union.

    Choose the relevant NACE business classification code for your type of business, as some have changed:
      Example Classification Code:
    1. [0116] Growing of Fibre Crops
    2. [0129] Growing of Other Perennial Crops
    3. [15.89] Manufacture of Other Food Products N.E.C.

    If you have registered your company and are all good with the classification you have chosen... then we recommend you review STEP 3

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    Contact HPRA

    To begin your Hemp licence application, you must send an email to the HPRA (Health Products Regulatory Authority)
    at this email address controlleddrugs@hpra.ie

    Make sure to send this email way before April (beginning of the Hemp growing season), to give the folks at HPRA enough time to get back to you and approve your licence... (approx 4 weeks).

    REMEMBER:

    Cut off for applications is April 14, 2020

    In your email to the HPRA, you must state your intention regarding your proposed growing of hemp... (livestock feed, biofuel production, textiles, oil, etc)

    Before a Hemp licence application is sent to you, you will be asked some preliminary questions, such as Your Name, Company Name, proposed crop location, the seed you intend to use, the end use of your hemp, do you own the land or are you leasing the land and proof thereof, etc.

    If you receive your Hemp licence application from the HPRA... then we recommend you review STEP 4

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    The Application Form

    The hemp application form contains the usual questions such as name, address, phone, etc.
    It also contains questions regarding OS maps, grids, Herd and ITM numbers.

      Things to Consider
    1. Complete the Hemp Licence application in its entirety.
    2. If a certain question does not apply to you, write n/a in that space. (DO NOT leave blank).
    3. If you are not sure how to answer any particular question, get in touch with the HPRA via email or phone.
      Phone: 353 (0)1 676 4971
      E-mail: controlleddrugs@hpra.ie
    4. Make sure all documents, maps, etc accompany your application.
    5. Make sure the seeds you use, are on the EC approved list for growers on the EU Plant variety database.
    6. Click here to find the exact GPS latitude and longitude coordinates of your growing area

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    Section 1:
    Applicant Details

    This section is to learn about YOU and YOUR Company.

    Here you will provide:
    1: Your Full Name
    2: Your Home Address
    3: Your Home EirCode# 4: Details of any previous names or addresses used on previous applications
    5: Other names of applicant (including trading names and aliases, if any)
    6: Your Home Phone#
    7: Your Personal E-mail address
    8: Acreage of land farmed?
    (Not really sure about this one). Does it apply to the size of your entire farm or just the acreage you intend to use for growing hemp?

    In the case of a company, please state:

    9: Company’s registered address
    10: Companies Registration Office (CRO) number
    This is usually a six digit number.

    11: Names and addresses of each of the directors and the company secretary
    12: In the case of a company, please submit a declaration of incorporation.

    Got everything you need here... then we recommend you review STEP 6

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    Section 2:
    Authorisation for Confidential Background check by an Garda Síochána (Irish Police)

    I/we the undersigned, who have applied to grow hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) for fibre use, hereby authorise the Garda Síochána to furnish to the Department of Health a statement that there are no convictions recorded against me/us or a statement of any convictions recorded against me/us as the case may be.

    This is basically giving the HPRA your permission to forward the information on your application to the Garda Síochána (Irish Police) for the purpose of a background check.

    You and your company co-directors will sign, date and print your name here for this purpose.

    If you have no problem with that... then we recommend you review STEP 7

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    Section 3:
    Details of proposed Crop Locations

    This section concerns your land and the location/s in which you intend to grow hemp. The hemp application form contains the usual questions such as name, address, phone, etc. It also contains questions regarding maps, grids and ITM co-ordinates.

    1: Address(es) (including townlands)
    2: Eircode

    This makes no sense at all. Eircode only works for houses or buildings... not fields?
    I can only assume the reason NPRA are looking for this, is if you have a farm office building on the land you are using to grow your hemp.

    3: Ordnance Survey map co-ordinates for crop locations
    NOTE: Please supply an Ordnance Survey map of scale 1:2,500, showing the growing sites. 4: Herd number for the land
    You should already have this # if you are the owner of the land. If you are the land renter, you can get it from the land owner.
    5: Total area of hemp in hectares NOTE: This area must not be less than 0.3 hectares i.e. 0.74 acres (1 hectare = 2.471 acres)
    6: Name and herd number of the owner of land location(s) if different from applicant
    If the land is rented, please supply a copy of the rental agreement(s) signed by both the lessor and lessee (duly witnessed).
    7: Proposed security arrangements, including boundary fencing/planting surrounding the crop location(s)
    The hemp crop must be planted in locations away from schools, away from public rights of way and away from vehicular access. Provide details of the security arrangements on a separate page as necessary.

    If you have found your GPS or ITM coordinates... then we recommend you review STEP 8

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    Section 4:
    Details of Seeds

    1: Variety to be sown
    Finola seed from Finland is the seed of choice in Ireland (70%) and Fedora 17 and Futura 75, from the South of France (30%)
    2: Name and address of the supplier of the seeds
    If the seeds do not come directly to you from the manufacturer, the name and address of the reseller will do.
    3: Please supply a photocopy of the seed label, signed by the applicant to say that it is a true copy of the original label. The applicant should note that the original copy of this label must be retained by the applicant for two years and may be requested during the course of an inspection.
    NOTE: The hemp seed you choose to plant at your location must be on the approved list of seeds allowed in Ireland.

    If you have sourced your correct seed... then we recommend you review STEP 9

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    Section 5:
    Convictions

    Please state whether you, or any other person to be involved with you in the growing of this hemp, have to date any conviction for drug related offences.

    Here you have to state whether you, or any other person to be involved with you in the growing of this hemp, have to date any conviction for drug related offences.

    This may be very offputting but if you have been convicted of a drug related offence, your agreement in Section 2 authorizes a criminal background check by the Garda Síochána (Irish Police).

    No drug convictions?... then we recommend you review STEP 10

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    Section 6:
    Details of End Use of Crop

    1: Please state the name and address of the end-user of the crop if different from applicant.
    This is only if you are not the end user of your own crop. If you are selling your fibre to someone else to use as bedding or building materials, then you need to provide their name, address and business name here.
    2: Please state the intended purpose of the end-use including a description of any processing of the crop for its end-use.
    What is your hemp crop going to be used for. If for CBD oil, you need to state that is how it will end up, also you need to explain the process that will be used to convert the crop into CBD oil.
    3: Please state the proposed method for destruction of waste crop.
    What is left after your crop is used for its intended purpose. Explain here, how you will dispose of the leftover waste materials. You may want to think about one or more of the following methods: landfilling, composting, in-vessel digestion or incineration.
    4: If the hemp is sent to a different end user, please supply a copy of the end-processing contract for the hemp crop.

    If you are clear here... then we recommend you review STEP 11

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    Section 7:
    Checklist of Documents

    The following information must be submitted with the application (except where not applicable). Please check the boxes to confirm that documents have been included with the application.

    Declaration of incorporation
    (if applicable to you)

    An Ordnance Survey map of scale 1:2,500, clearly outlining the growing sites

    A copy of the rental agreement(s) signed by both the lessor and lessee (duly witnessed) (if applicable)

    A photocopy of the seed label, signed by the applicant to say that it is a true copy of the original label. (Please note the original label should be retained by the applicant for a period of two years from the date of the licence. The applicant may be required to produce the original approved seed label during the course of an inspection).
    Note: If the photocopy of the seed label can’t be submitted with the application, it must be submitted within two weeks of granting of licence, should such licence be granted. Failure to do so may prevent granting of such licences in the future.

    Copy of the end-processing contract for the hemp crop

    Documentation from seed supplier stating the seed type and THC content. This document must contain a certificate confirming this is an EU approved seed variety for the purpose being applied for on this application.
    Note: If the documentation can’t be submitted with the application, it must be submitted within two weeks of granting of licence, should such licence be granted. Failure to do so may prevent granting of such licences in the future.

    The hemp crop must be planted in locations away from schools, away from public rights of way and away from vehicular access. Please provide details.

    Granting of a licence to cultivate hemp is subject to entitlement to make an application to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine for a subsidy under the relevant EU Scheme involving the grant of aid for the production of hemp fibre. Please confirm this is applicable to the proposed operation.

    Information all correct and all documents found... then we recommend you review STEP 12

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    Section 8:
    Declaration

    I/we hereby declare that, to the best of my/our knowledge and belief, all the particulars given in this application are correctly stated.

    I/we understand that any information that may come to light that may suggest that the correct information was not submitted to the Department of Health may trigger an inspection and sampling and analysis of the crop being cultivated.

    I/We understand that the details on this application form may be shared with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine for the purposes of establishing entitlement for a subsidy under the relevant EU scheme involving the grant of aid for the production of hemp fibre.

    This will be signed and dated by all applicants including your printed name.

    Special attention is directed to section 21(7) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977, which makes it an offence punishable by a fine or imprisonment or both, for any person to make a declaration or statement which is false in any particular for the purpose of obtaining the issue, grant or renewal of a licence, authorisation or permit under the Acts.


    DISCLAIMER:

    All correspondence should be between you and HPRA (Health Products Regulatory Authority) regarding your application for a Hemp Licence
    NOT with HEMP Ireland.

    We only provide this information to assist you. We DO NOT enter into email correspondence with anyone regarding hemp licence applications. We will only entertain emails with corrections to the information we have placed here to assist you.

    Any and all questions regarding Hemp licenses must be directed to the HPRA at the address, phone and email below

    Controlled drugs, Licensing Section
    Compliance Department
    Health Products Regulatory Authority
    Kevin O’Malley House
    Earlsfort Terrace
    Dublin 2
    D02 XP77
    Tel: + 353 1 676 4971
    Fax: + 353 1 676 7836
    E-mail: controlleddrugs@hpra.ie


and Finally...

2 very important things
1: You need to keep records of your hemp growing process.
WHY?
Because the HPRA, Dept. of Agriculture and the Garda Siochana can request them at any time.
NOTE:
You need to hang onto these records for a minimum of two years.

Example:
May 10, 2020: Sowed Finola seed in field 1
May 11, 2020: Sowed Finola seed in field 2
August 10, 2020: Harvested hemp in field 1
August 13, 2020: Harvested hemp in field 2
August 15, 2020: Crop picked up by "SuperCool CBD" for processing
ALSO: If there are any thefts of your plants at any time... you need to inform the local Garda in your area.


2: If any information on you original licence has been changed... you need to reapply for a new licence and begin the entire process all over again.
Example:
You decide to use two different fields for planting
You decide to use different hemp seeds
You decide to add an extra acre to grow more hemp

Whatever you put on your original hemp licence application... has to be exactly what happens when you receive it. Any changes at all and it's right back to the beginning.

And there you have it!!

It has been a long, painstaking process to compile all this information.
We hope it answers all, (or most) of your questions
and that you are successful in your hemp licence application.

We are currently putting together a Hemp Growing page
to assist the First Time Hemp Grower. We will also begin radio podcasts and helpful videos, towards the end of the year.
Thank You again and Good Luck!!
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