Staying Compliant with the
New York Office of Cannabis Management in 2023
All legal cannabis businesses in New York state must use BioTrack to trace cannabis products from seed to final product.
Recreational marijuana use was legalized in New York on March 31st, 2021 under the Marijuana Regulation and Tax Act. Also known as “adult use” cannabis, recreational cannabis is legally differentiated from medical marijuana in the state of New York.
In 2014, Medical marijuana was legalized in the state of New York under the Compassionate Care Act. Despite their differing legislation, all cannabis-related programs, including recreational marijuana use, are regulated by The Office of Cannabis Management (OCM). A five-member Cannabis Control Board oversees the OCM.
The first state-issued licenses for recreational dispensaries weren’t issued until November 2022. In the 20-month gap between legalization and the issuance of licenses, New York saw a rise in unlicensed dispensaries catering to recreational use.
Thankfully, New York adult-use cannabis license applications are open from October 4 to December 4, 2023. If you're planning to apply, now is the time.
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