Attention New York state residents: after a long wait, as of October 4, 2023, adult-use cannabis license applications are now open for submission!
While this is exciting news across the industry, those going through the application process can attest to its overwhelming nature. Mountains of documents are required to apply and resources for applicants are generally slim, so we created this guide to help. Below, you’ll find everything you need to complete the NYS cannabis licensing application, plus an outline of different requirements for different license types.
For everyone who is ready to apply, there are a few preparation steps you’ll need to make before submitting your cannabis licensing application. For almost all applications to be considered eligible, you’ll need:
We’ll explain these two requirements in detail, in addition to explaining the entire application process. By the end of this guide, you’ll know what actions you’ll need to take next and all the documentation you’ll need to complete your New York state cannabis license application.
The deadline for submitting all adult-use license applications is Monday, December 4, 2023, by 5:00 PM EST, so we recommend getting started ASAP with the steps outlined below.
Pro-cannabis New Yorkers are celebrating this long-expected recreational freedom, but not everyone in New York can submit an cannabis licensing application. There are a handful of eligibility requirements required for applicants, including:
Next, you must provide a vendor contract or purchase order for the licensees’ electronic inventory tracking system that can integrate with the Office’s seed-to-sale inventory tracking system, Biotrack. For cultivator and processor applicants, you’ll be required to email this information, as instructed by the Office, prior to final licensure.
Additionally, cultivators, processors and distributors must provide proof of control over the proposed licensed premises by uploading an executed deed if you own the property, or by uploading an executed lease agreement if you are leasing the property. Although you will be allowed to submit your application without premises information, you won’t be considered eligible until it’s been submitted.
For retail dispensaries and microbusinesses there’s some good news: you can apply for a provisional license without this proof. For those who have it, there will be an expedited application window (closing November 3, 2023, 5:00PM EST). Otherwise, you can apply for the provisional license November 4 and December 4, 2023.
To top off the application process, you’ll need to provide payment for the non-refundable application fee.
All of the above is just the tip of the iceberg. When submitting your NYS cannabis licensing application, you’ll need to fill out a solid amount of paperwork. It’s accomplishable, especially with the help of our guide, but organization is key. We’ve put together a check-list to help you get your ducks in a row.
In addition, if you are applying for a final retail dispensary, microbusiness, or ROD license, the following must be collected before a final license is issued (these materials are not required to apply for a provisional license):
Paperwork is the name of the game when applying for a NYS cannabis license. For an exhaustive list of documentation, check out OCM’s guide.
If you’re a Social and Economic Equity (SEE) certification applicant, then you’re in some luck. All SEE entrepreneurs will be eligible for the following benefits in order to promote access and business viability:
These are some pretty helpful benefits, so take note if you’re a SEE certification applicant!
The most difficult part about applying for NYS cannabis licensing is gathering the appropriate documents, which we have outlined in detail above. Once you have done that, the rest of the application process is a breeze.
Depending on some of the details in your application, the process will consist of two to four parts, including:
When you’re ready to apply, you’ll want to head to the application portal to get started. All applications must be submitted online through New York Business Express, so following the provided link is critical when submitting your application. Once you’re there, you’ll need to create an account to continue.
Remember, the deadline for submitting all adult-use license applications is Monday, December 4, 2023, by 5:00 PM EST.
If you are having difficulty registering your business please call the NYS Business Information Center at 518-485-5000. Monday through Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm for assistance.
Be prepared to pay fees when submitting your NYS cannabis licensing application. You can expect to pay two fees, which is standard when acquiring your adult-use cannabis license in New York:
The cost of the two different fees varies between application and licensing fees. In general, here is what you can expect to pay:
There are different types of licensing fees, including adult-use cultivator license fees. This license allows successful applicants to:
For anyone submitting an application for NYS cannabis licensing, It is important to take note of Ownership Restrictions, which states:
“No person, other than a passive investor, may have an interest in more than one cultivation license or any other license that authorizes cannabis cultivation. A cultivator may also hold one processor license and one distributor license, as well as a nursery license, when made available by the Office of Cannabis Management. Under no circumstances, can a cultivator or its true parties of interest own or have any direct or indirect interest in a retail dispensary, delivery, or on-site consumption license. “