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NC Industrial Hemp Pilot Program Application

This application is for participation in the Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program. 

The Industrial Hemp Commission recommends every applicant read the adopted temporary rules and the instructions document before applying for a license.  There is a frequently asked questions document available as well.  Applicants should gather all the information needed before beginning their application.  The applicant should print the instructions document to use while completing the application.  Incomplete applications will delay the processing of an application.

All applicants will be notified by email of approval or denial of their application.  Approved applicants will receive an acceptance form to print, sign and return with the appropriate fees. The initial and annual fees are due within 30 days of the date of the issuance of the license approval or before the licensee takes possession of the seed or transplants, whichever is earlier.

There is no fee to apply for a license; however, there are fees required in order for a license to be issued.  Fees are broken into two categories; initial fee and graduated annual fees.  The initial fee for all license holders is $250.  The annual fees are $250 for 49 acres or less, and $500 for 50 acres or more.  All licenses holders are required to pay an additional fee of $2/acre or $2/square foot of greenhouse, whichever is applicable.

The licensee is responsible for all the associated costs and fees of their project.  Additionally, if a THC sample analysis is performed, the cost will be billed to the licensee.   

Questions regarding the application contact the Plant Industry Division by email at or at 919-707-3735.


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