NYS Opens Cultivator License Applications Today


Adult-Use Conditional Cultivator License

On February 22, 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law S.8084-A/A.9283-A, creating a new Adult-Use Conditional Cultivator license, authorizing eligible hemp growers to apply for a license to grow cannabis containing over 0.3% THC for the upcoming adult-use market. To be eligible to apply, the hemp grower must have been authorized to grow hemp under the Department of Agriculture and Markets Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program and meet certain other requirements.

The law also created a Conditional Adult-Use Processor license, authorizing eligible hemp processors to apply for a license to process and manufacture products containing over 0.3% THC for the upcoming adult-use market. To be eligible to apply, an entity must have applied for a Cannabinoid Hemp Processor License before January 1, 2022, and hold an approved license issued by the Office of Cannabis Management. More information will follow from the Office regarding the Conditional Adult-Use Processing license in the coming weeks.

The application window for the Adult-Use Conditional Cultivator License approved by the Cannabis Control Board is March 15, 2022 – June 30, 2022. Applicants must create a profile at New York Business Express (NYBE) and submit an application on the NYBE Website.  

Applicants must also pay a non-refundable $2,000 Application and Licensing Fee to complete their application submission. Applicants are strongly encouraged to read program guidance before applying and submitting payment. Please find Adult-Use Conditional Cultivator application mock-ups, application Terms and Conditions, and program Guidance at the links below.