New York’s Adult-Use Cannabis Rules and Regulations: The Series

Way back in Spring of 2021, we ran a series on the New York’s Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, which legalized adult-use cannabis in New York and established the framework for adult-use cannabis licensing. That series of posts covered everything from the available license types to the MRTA’s real estate requirements.

In keeping with our recent tradition, this post will start our series of posts on New York’s adult-use cannabis rules and regulation. The official document is 282 pages, so we won’t cover every detail. But we will highlight the big-ticket items, significant issues that all applicants should be aware of, and the license application process as a whole.

For anyone considering applying for an adult-use license, we reiterate our recommendation of hiring an experienced cannabis attorney. And at a minimum, understanding the overall framework of the licenses and the licensing process should be a precursor an in-depth consultation on a license application. Here are the topics you can look forward to:

  • The License Application
  • Cultivation Licenses
  • Processing Licenses
  • Distribution Licenses
  • Retail Dispensaries and On-Site Consumption Licenses
  • Microbusiness Licenses
  • The Social Equity Program

Given the complexity of the regulations, there may be some overlap and some deviations. We’ll also be diving into the nuances in the regulations in our promised series of webinars starting in January of 2023 (details to come!).

As all of our readers are aware (we assume), on November 21, 2022, the Cannabis Control Board (CCB) released almost all of the adult-use rules and regulations. The rules and regulations were published in the New York State Register on December 13, 2022, starting a 60-day public comment period.

Playing out the timelines (and as we’ve noted), we anticipate the license application window to open in the Spring of 2023. Which means now is the time to start actually putting together the information for a license application. Stay tuned for the next post in our series on New York’s adult-use cannabis rules and regulations, and for updates on upcoming webinars!

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