Current Status

What can you do with Hemp in NZ?

  • You must pay a fee for either a general license (cultivation, processing, possession and supply) or a research and breeding licence. See Industrial Hemp Licensing.
  • You may only grow specific low THC cannabis varieties that have been pre-approved by the Director-General of Health.
  • You may sell hemp seeds and hemp seed products as a food for human consumption.

What’s still illegal with Hemp in NZ?

  • You can’t sell hemp seeds as food for production or companion animals
  • CBD is treated as a prescription medicine, but is allowed at low levels in “hemp seed food products” and naturally occurs in other “hemp products”

Disclaimer: This is by no means an exhaustive list and is only intended as a generalised summary of what you can and can’t do; as such , it should not be considered a replacement for professional legal advice etc.

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