Misuse of Drugs (Industrial Hemp) Regulations 2006

Reprint as at 1 April 2020

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Misuse of Drugs (Industrial Hemp) Regulations 2006

(SR 2006/163)

Dame Sian Elias, Administrator of the Government

Order in Council

At Wellington this 26th day of June 2006

Her Excellency the Administrator of the Government in Council


Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Health.

Pursuant to section 37 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975, Her Excellency the Administrator of the Government, acting on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council, makes the following regulations.


5Director-General may approve cultivars of industrial hemp
6Applications for approvals of cultivars of industrial hemp
7General licence
8Research and breeding licence
8ALimited supply of hemp for medicinal cannabis products
9Individuals who are eligible to hold licences
10Bodies corporate and partnerships that are eligible to hold licences
11Eligibility of responsible person
12Person may not hold research and breeding licence without holding general licence
13Locations specified in applications must be safe
14Application for licences
15Fees for applications
16Director-General to check applications received
17Director-General may inspect locations specified in application
18Director-General to ask police for information on applicant
19Decision to issue licence or to decline licence
20Director-General may impose conditions
21Issue and form of licence
22Duration and extension of licence
23Renewal of licence
24Surrender of licence
25Certain changes not to be made without prior approval of Director-General
26Replacement of responsible person
27Cancellation of approval of responsible person
28Certain changes to be notified to Director-General
29Licence must be securely kept
30Activity may be undertaken only in specified location
31Activity must be undertaken under control of licence holder or responsible person
32Hemp to be dealt with responsibly
33Compliance with conditions and provisions
34Licence holder limited to cultivar or variety specified in licence
35Hemp seeds may be procured only from licence holders
36Security of hemp
37Police to be notified after planting
38Police and Director-General to be notified of unauthorised removal, loss, or activity
39Director-General to be notified if seeds not sown or crop fails
40Locations must be available for inspection
41Licence holders must provide samples
42Licence holder may be required to provide additional samples
43Licence holder to report test results to Director-General
44Position where THC content above 0.35%
45Provisions governing issue of notices under regulation 44
46Review of adverse test result
47Abandoned hemp
48Dispersed plants
49Seed register
50Cultivation register
51Harvest register
52Keeping of registers
53Copy of registers to be provided on request
54Annual report
55Suspension of licence
56Duration of suspension
57Effect of suspension
58Revocation of licence
59Duty to return licence when revocation takes effect
60Review of suspension or revocation
61Record of suspensions and revocations
62Advertising concerning psychoactive effect of hemp prohibited
63Offence to supply hemp to unauthorised persons
64Offence to cultivate unauthorised cultivars or varieties of hemp
65Offence to breach conditions
68Transitional provision
69Giving of notices
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