Hemp Processor Registry
Please download the registration form and follow instructions on the form for submission. A hard copy of the form with original ink signatures and a check must be mailed to FDB. The form is a fillable PDF. Please download Adobe Acrobat in order to use the fillable form.
Mail application and payment (business check or cashier’s check) to:
DOH Food and Drug Branch
99-945 Halawa Valley Street
Aiea, Hawaii 96701
Chapter 11-37, Hawaii Administrative Rules (interim rules, effective August 9, 2021)
Chapter 328G, Hawaii Revised Statutes (created by Act 14, SLH 2020)
Chapter 11-37 summary/announcement:
These rules are the next step toward regulating the growing hemp industry in Hawaii in a way that provides local hemp farmers a legal pathway to bring consumable hemp products to market while protecting consumers by requiring lab testing for contaminants and labeled cannabinoid content.
While not a complete summary of the rules, the information below is intended to assist those planning to process hemp into hemp products in Hawaii as well as those planning to sell finished hemp products in Hawaii.
- Prior to processing hemp into hemp products, USDA licensed hemp producers must apply to be on the hemp processor registry, administered by the DOH Food and Drug Branch (FDB), and receive a certificate of registration.
- Registered hemp processors must comply with processing practices and facility standards, quality control, record keeping, recall plan, finished product testing, and labeling rules.
- Only hemp products that pass required testing, conducted by a qualified lab, can be sold. Test results must be accessible to consumer via QR code or website address printed on label or packaging.
- Only the sale of properly labeled and tested hemp products containing naturally occurring cannabinoids, like cannabidiol (CBD), are allowed when intended:
- To be consumed orally to supplement the diet in tablet, capsule, powder, softgel, gelcap or liquid form (e.g. hemp oil); or
- For topical application to skin or hair.
- In addition to product name, ingredient, and cannabinoid content requirements, product labeling must include advisory/warning statements.
- Sale of the following is prohibited:
- Hemp products with delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) above 0.3%.
- Hemp-containing products intended to be consumed orally in a form other than tablet, capsule, powder, softgel, gelcap or liquid form (e.g. hemp oil). Gummies are not allowed.
- Foods and beverages (including bottled water) containing hemp derivatives like CBD and other cannabinoids.
- Cannabinoid-containing products intended to be aerosolized and inhaled (i.e. vape liquids containing cannabinoids).
- Hemp flower material, hemp leaf, hemp cigarettes, etc. intended to be smoked or inhaled.
- Hemp-containing products that are intended to be introduced into the body via eyes, ears, nasal cavities, and other non-oral routes of entry.
DOH strongly encourages all retailers that plan to sell hemp products to work with hemp processors, distributors, and suppliers to ensure finished products are in compliance with the product testing and labeling rules found in subchapters 2 and 3 of HAR chapter 11-37. Retailers found selling hemp products out of compliance may be subject to penalties up to $10,000 for each offense, including product removal from sale.