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January 8, 2024

New York Cannabis License Applications Open October 4th 2023

Information on Obtaining a Cannabis License in New York

The New York Cannabis Control Board has given its long-awaited approval to the proposed draft of cannabis regulations and licensing guidelines. This milestone opens up a multitude of opportunities for individuals and small businesses looking to thrive in the burgeoning cannabis industry. With this green light, the general license application window will be open from October 4, 2023, to December 4, 2023, providing a generous 60-day window for cannabis enthusiasts to apply for a coveted cannabis business license.

A Variety of License Types Await You

According to the New York Office of Cannabis Management (OCM), applicants can apply for various license types, including:

1. Cultivator
2. Processor
3. Distributor
4. Microbusiness
5. Retail Dispensary

In an exciting development, medical cannabis providers, also known as Registered Organizations, can now submit applications for the adult-use market. Those holding Adult-Use Conditional Cultivator and Processor licenses in good standing will also have the opportunity to transition to non-conditional licenses by submitting the necessary forms once the NYBE (New York Business Express) portal becomes accessible.

Gain an Edge with a Timely Location

The OCM will begin its initial review and approval process for applicants who secure their retail dispensary or microbusiness location by November 3, 2023, at 5:00 PM EST.

Mark Your Calendar for Licensing

As per the state's cannabis guidelines, the new licensing application window for specific AU License Types will commence on October 4th, 2023, at 8:00 AM EST and conclude on December 4, 2023, at 5:00 PM EST.

Where to Apply for Licenses?

Applicants seeking general licenses can conveniently submit their forms through the NYBE platform. The Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) also provides step-by-step instructions on the site. For additional details on license categories, social and economic equity provisions, and NYC's two-tier system, please visit the official website.

The Future of New York's Cannabis Market

New York's cannabis market has reached a pivotal moment with the introduction of these new regulations. Farmers across the state are grappling with unsold cannabis products, while licensed store owners face obstacles in opening their doors due to a court-issued injunction. Currently, only 23 legal stores operate in the state, with the number of illegal stores on the rise.

The approval of cannabis regulations is a monumental step forward for New York, promising economic growth and transparency for all participants. The introduction of a two-tier system ensures a level playing field for individuals and small businesses, preventing supply-side license holders from having substantial financial stakes in retail businesses. These regulations provide a transparent and comprehensive blueprint for the OCM to implement the MRTA provisions.

Stay Informed

The CCB has issued a permit for Dope Diagnostics Lab in Pearl River, NY, to conduct adult-use and medical cannabis testing in the city. With this approval, the total number of New York cannabis testing labs has increased to 16, reflecting New York's commitment to an equitable supply chain and safer cannabis products on the shelves of the state's recreational cannabis retail dispensaries.

Ready to Enter the New York Cannabis Market?

If you're eager to obtain a general license, now is the perfect time. Prepare the necessary documentation, legal strategy, and ensure compliance with cannabis regulations. Regardless of the license category, applicants must adhere to the guidelines of New York's Office of Cannabis Management (OCM), which include:

- A robust business, operations, and financial plan.
- Information about you, business partners, operators, and business objectives.
- True Parties of Interest information.
- Proof of good moral character with a background check, including fingerprinting.
- Ownership information, investment details, and corporate structure.
- Racial and ethnic background information.
- Location information for the proposed premises.
- Comprehensive plans and procedures, including security, operations, workplace safety, financial continuity, environmental impact, recordkeeping, packaging, labeling, inventory control, waste disposal, quality assurance, recall, transportation, delivery, and accounting/tax compliance.

Costs of Obtaining a Cannabis License in New York

The cost of obtaining a license varies based on the type of cannabis license you seek, the size of your business, and your social-economic status. Here are some cost details:

- Application Fee: $1,000 (non-refundable)
- Retail Dispensary License Fee: $7,000
- Retail Dispensary with a limited retail consumption facility: $10,000
- Microbusiness License Fee: $4,500

Additional expenses may include legal fees for hiring an attorney, securing a property, renovations or setup costs, and more.

Learn More

For more information on obtaining a cannabis license in New York, be sure to check out our next blog post on "New York Cannabis License Application Requirements."


Ready to explore the exciting opportunities in New York's cannabis industry? Contact Cannabis Global Consultants today to set up a meeting and discover how we can assist you in navigating this thriving market. Your success is our priority.
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