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The Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) licenses:

  • The growth of cannabis
  • The sale of cannabis

This includes

  • Cultivators
  • Processors
  • Distributors
  • Dispensaries

The OCM is creating regulations. These will outline how to apply for a license.

You must apply for a license if you want to:

  • Grow Cannabis
  • Sell Cannabis

You can apply through a retail dispensary.

You cannot have both of the following at the same time:

  • Cultivation license
  • Retail adult-use cannabis license

Licensed dispensaries cannot sell tobacco products.

OCM is now accepting applications for the following licenses:

  • Adult Use Cultivator
  • Adult Use Processor
  • Adult Use Distributor
  • Adult Use Retail
  • Microbusiness

You can submit your application online using the New York Business Express (NYBE). Sign in or create an NY.gov account to access NYBE.

Visit cannabis.ny.gov/licensing for the latest information. Email licensing@ocm.ny.gov for help.

Patients can consume and cultivate cannabis if approved by a certified New York State health care provider. The legislation also allows people with a larger list of medical conditions to access medical marijuana and increase the number of caregivers allowed per patient. 

If you are a patient and your certification expires, you can speak with your certifying health care provider and they will issue you a new, updated patient certification if appropriate.

If you are a New York State licensed practitioner, you can learn how to certify patients for medical cannabis. 

Patients and providers can get more information online.

Learn more about the Medical Cannabis Program.

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