Licences for medicinal cannabis growers, suppliers and producers

If you are undertaking one or more activities, you will need to read the relevant sections in Growing and producing medicinal cannabis products.

Licence to cultivate a prohibited plant

Activities that can be allowed:

  • Growing cannabis
  • Harvesting cannabis
  • Drying cannabis
  • Storing cannabis
  • Possessing cannabis and its seed
  • Sale or supply of cannabis plant material or seed to an appropriately licensed facility.

One licence per cultivation site is required.

Currently there is no application fee for this licence.

Licence to deal in controlled drugs

Activities that can be allowed:

  • Possessing cannabis, cannabis seed or a cannabis product
  • Storing cannabis, cannabis seed or a cannabis product
  • Extracting/processing cannabis and its seed (including hulling seeds)
  • Manufacturing products from cannabis, cannabis extracts or cannabis seed (for scientific research only)
  • Selling/distributing cannabis, cannabis seed or a cannabis product.

The application fee for this licence is $966 (incl. GST) per site per annum.

Licence to manufacture medicines

Issued under the Medicines Act 1981

Activities that can be allowed:

  • Manufacturing medicinal cannabis products or active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) for therapeutic use (currently only allowed to be manufactured for clinical trials).

Note that a licence to deal in controlled drugs is also required to enable a manufacturer to sell or distribute the medicinal cannabis products or active pharmaceutical ingredients.

The application fee for this licence is $13,750 (incl. GST).

Licence to import controlled drugs

Activities that can be allowed:

  • Importing one consignment of cannabis product, cannabis plant or seed (up to four different cultivars of plant or four different cannabis products are allowed per licence). A separate licence to import is required for each consignment.

The importer must also have a licence to deal in controlled drugs or a licence to cultivate a prohibited plant, to enable them to possess their imported product.

Bio-security clearance will be required for seed and plant material. This is administered by the Ministry for Primary Industries.

The application fee for this licence is $194.22 (incl. GST).

Licence to export controlled drugs

Activities that can be allowed:

  • Exporting one consignment of cannabis product, cannabis plant or seed (up to four different cultivars of plant or four different cannabis products are allowed per licence). A separate licence to export is required for each consignment.

The exporter must also have a licence to deal in controlled drugs or a licence to cultivate a prohibited plant, to enable them to possess and supply the product.

Please note that a licence to import must be provided by the importing country before a licence to export controlled drugs can be issued.

The application fee for this licence is $194.22 (incl. GST).

General Licence under the Misuse of Drugs (Industrial Hemp) Regulations 2006

This licence can allow:

  • cultivation, processing, possession and supply of low THC cannabis varieties approved by the Director-General of Health for industrial purposes. Unless the material supplied meets the definition of a hemp product, anyone supplied with industrial hemp must also be licensed.

    Please note that licences issued under these regulations cannot be used for production of medicinal cannabis.

For more information, visit the Hemp (industrial hemp) page.

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