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Call 911 to report the use of cannabis (marijuana) by a minor under the age of 21 or the sale of marijuana at an outside location.

On March 31, 2021, legislation was signed legalizing the use of cannabis, also known as marijuana, for anyone 21 years of age or older.

The law establishes the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) to enforce regulations that cover:

  • Adult-use of cannabis
  • Medical cannabis
  • Cannabinoid hemp

OCM will license cultivators, processors, distributors and dispensaries to grow and sell cannabis in New York. It will be governed by a five-member board, with three members appointed by the Governor and one appointment by each house.

Learn more about the legislation.


The Adult-Use Conditional Cultivator License authorizes eligible hemp growers to apply for a license to grow cannabis containing over 0.3% THC for the upcoming adult-use market. 

Learn about all Adult-Use License Types.


To be eligible to apply, the hemp grower must have been authorized to grow hemp under the Department of Agriculture and Markets Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program and meet certain other requirements. OCM is working on the roll-out of additional license opportunities for the broader market and will be sharing more information soon.

You can get more information online, including a full list of eligibility requirements and license terms and conditions.

Learn more about eligibility requirements and the application process.


The online application is open March 15, 2022 through June 30, 2022. Applicants must create a profile at New York Business Express (NYBE) and submit an application on the NYBE Website.  

Applicants must also pay a non-refundable $2,000 Application and Licensing Fee to complete their application submission. Applicants are strongly encouraged to read program guidance before applying and submitting payment. 

Apply for the Adult-Use Conditional Cultivator license.

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Adult-Use Tax Revenue

All cannabis taxes will be deposited in the New York State Cannabis Revenue Fund. Tax revenue will cover costs to administer the program and implement the law.

The remaining funding will be split three ways:

  • 40% to education
  • 40% to the Community Grants Reinvestment Fund
  • 20% to the Drug Treatment and Public Education Fund

The legislation established rules for growing cannabis at home and personal possession of cannabis outside the home.

Adults age 21 and older are allowed to:

  • Possess up to 3 ounces of cannabis and 24 grams of cannabis concentrate outside of their home
  • Possess up to 5 pounds of cannabis in their private residence, which must be kept in a secure location away from children
  • Smoke cannabis anywhere that tobacco can be smoked

Currently, home cultivation is not allowed. Home cultivation will be allowed 18 months after the first adult recreational use sales begin.

Once home cultivation is allowed, adults age 21 and older will be allowed to grow 3 mature plants and 3 immature plants for personal use. Up to 6 mature plants and 6 immature plants are allowed per household.​

Learn more about the legalization of adult-use cannabis.

The legislation allows people with a larger list of medical conditions to access medical marijuana and increase the number of caregivers allowed per patient.

The OCM issued rules for home medical cultivation and allows home cultivation of medical cannabis for patients.

Learn more about medical cannabis regulations.

Employment and Cannabis Use

For information about cannabis use as it relates to your employment reach out to the human resources department of your employer.

Workplace Protection

The legislation prohibits employers from taking negative action against employees for the use of cannabis outside of work hours, off the employer’s premises and without the use of the employer’s equipment or other property (there are limited exceptions).

As of May 10, 2020, covered employers are not permitted to test job candidates for marijuana or tetrahydrocannabinols (THC) as a condition of employment. Learn which employers are covered by this rule and which jobs are exempt. 

If you feel you are being discriminated against, go to the Discrimination page, for more information.

Traffic Safety

The use of cannabis by drivers remains prohibited and carries the same penalties as it does currently.

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) will work with institutions of higher education to conduct a research study designed to evaluate technology and methods for the detection of cannabis-impaired driving. After completion of the research study, DOH may create and implement rules and regulations to approve and certify a test for the presence of cannabis in drivers. 

The legislation includes additional funding for drug recognition experts and law enforcement to ensure safe roadways.

The cannabis penalty framework will be restructured to avoid criminalization. Reduced penalties will be implemented for possession and sale.

The law will:

  • Remove records of those with past convictions for cannabis-related offenses that are no longer criminalized (must be completed within 2 years) 
  • Ensure that cannabis is treated as a lawful substance and prevent discriminatory enforcement

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