The Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) licenses cultivators, processors, distributors, and dispensaries to grow and sell cannabis in New York. The OCM is developing regulations which will outline how a person or business can apply for and receive a license in the new adult-use cannabis industry.

You must apply for a license if you want to cultivate cannabis or sell cannabis through a retail dispensary.

Please note that the Cannabis Law does not allow individuals to have both a cultivation and retail adult-use cannabis license at the same time.  

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OCM is accepting applications for Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) licenses. The deadline to apply is September 26, 2022.

CAURD licensees will be the first retail dispensaries to open for legal adult-use cannabis sales in New York State.

More information, including the application, is available online.

Learn more and apply for a CAURD license.

Application Assistance 

The Department of Small Business Services (SBS) launched Cannabis NYC to help support CAURD license applicants. 

To qualify for a CAURD license, your business must meet OCM’s eligibility requirements and submit a competitive application. Not all applicants will be selected. 

Contact the SBS hotline to learn more about CAURD eligibility and how to apply.

  • Agency: Small Business Services
  • Division: NYC Small Business Services Hotline
  • Phone Number: 888-SBS-4NYC (888-727-4692)
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM

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 more about the Adult-Use Conditional Cultivator license.

The OCM will issue licenses and develop regulations outlining how and when businesses can participate in the new industry. You should monitor the OCM website at for updates on adult-use cannabis licenses.

Detailed information about all types of adult-use cannabis licenses, including eligibility requirements and license terms and conditions, is also available online. 

Learn about all Adult-Use License Types.

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