How to Get a License to Cultivate Hemp in Canada

Getting a license to cultivate cannabis in Canada is no easy task. Most of
those who received licenses this year explained that they were not made
welcome by the bureaucracy, and that nothing was ever made easy for them.

All inquiries and license applications should be sent to: Dr R.D. Hossie,
Health Canada, Health Protection Branch, International Control and
Licensing Division, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 1B9.

What follows is the basic information and requirements necessary for you to
have a reasonable chance of being granted a cannabis cultivation
license. All applications for a licence to cultivate cannabis for research
purposes must contain at least the following information:

  • the name, address, and birth date of the applicant.
  • the name of owner of the field.
  • name and birth date of all people who will be in contact with the plants.
  • the qualifications of the applicant in relation to the proposed research.
  • description of the project in sufficient detail to evaluate it as
    scientific research.

  • the name(s) of any laboratories that will be conducting an analysis of
    the plant.

  • the name(s) of the individual or company who will be conducting any
    scientific studies on, or transforming the plant, or any part of the plant.

  • the variety of the cannabis seeds, the supplier of the seeds and, if
    applicable, the importer.

  • the number of plants to be cultivated and justification of the number
    in relationship to the experiments.

  • the cannabis species to be cultivated, the anticipated percentage THC
    in the plants, the methods used to determine the percentage and the
    conditions under which it was grown.

  • the specific location where the cannabis will be cultivated, and a
    description of the location in relation to surrounding fields and the
    surrounding area.

  • a description of the physical security which will be provided to the
    plants and seeds.

  • the method of destruction which will be used to destroy the plant, and
    any part of the plant removed for study.

  • description of the record keeping.
  • the name and address of the police force that normally responds to a
    call for help as well as the address of the closest provincial police

  • a list of grants received in regard to this project.
  • any other information which the applicant feels will facilitate the
    issuance of a licence.