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If you need to grow low THC cannabis (industrial hemp), you should read the factsheet on licensing requirements before applying.

More information about controlled drug licensing is also available.

The guidance document contains information for growers on the licensing application process and fees.


Information on the licensing requirements and application process for low THC cannabis (industrial hemp).

Updated industrial hemp licensing: application guidance to January 2021 edition.

Industrial hemp licensing: application guidance

There are several licensing pathways under the new legislation which are dependent upon the type of cannabis product the intended licensee wishes to either produce, distribute or export from the Island.

The GSC already has a sophisticated framework for supervising gambling and have worked carefully to apply the best of that framework to the risks in the new sector, ensuring that all stakeholders will be competent, crime free and capable of building a sector that is safe, trusted and efficient.

To find out more information on the types of licences that can be applied for, along with the relevant fees, guidance and application forms, click here.

The GSC’s regulation will look to attract quality businesses to the Island transforming the cannabis export sector into a key contributor to the Isle of Man’s post-COVID economic recovery.

In 2021 the Isle of Man Government introduced a flexible and detailed regulatory framework to allow commercial operators to grow, manufacture, distribute and export cannabis products under licence from the Isle of Man.

The regulated sector will enable operators to export to legal markets around the globe and provide the flexibility to allow for the innovation and novel new uses of the cannabis plant, ranging from industrial uses of hemp to medical uses of the plant and its extracts.

The GSC is an independent statutory board established in 1962. The Inspectorate is made up of a team of Inspectors who manage a portfolio of licence holders. The Inspectorate is managed by the Chief Executive. The Commission comprises of not less than five independent members of the public which have been appointed by the Isle of Man Treasury. Typically the Commission sits once a month to consider regulatory matters and consider licence applications.

The Gambling Supervision Commission (‘GSC’) were appointed as the regulator for the sector and will oversee the licensing and supervision of cannabis cultivation, production, manufacturing, importation and exportation of industrial materials and products for medical use under the Transfer of Functions (Cannabis) Order 2020.

The GSC is a non-political statutory board whose board members are drawn from the public. A vacancy will arise in the coming months and Treasury are now recruiting to fill that post. For more information on the role, please follow this link.

We may also ask for our administrative costs to be paid within 10 working days. We can email you extra information about these costs.

New wording about how licence will be sent out after payment.

Last date for first-time or repeat growers of ‘industrial hemp’ for seed and/or fibre only to submit licence applications. This is so that we can try to reach an initial decision on applications by Friday 29 April 2022. You must have completed enhanced DBS checks for each person named on the licence application before submission. The application must be limited to outdoor cultivation a purpose wholly covered by the hemp policy as set out in our grower factsheet.

If you cancel your application

or call 0300 105 4848

Added important date information for industrial hemp licence applications for the 2022 growing season.

You may be charged any costs already owed, relating to administration, travel or accommodation arrangements, if:

Licence no longer needed

Licences for industrial hemp are generally valid for 3 growing seasons. The licence only allows for the industrial use of the seed and fibre, which are non-controlled parts of the hemp plant. The licence does not allow for the use of the flowers or leaves (‘green’ or controlled materials).

Once you have paid, the licence will be sent electronically via email.