NEW YORK CANNABIS LICENSES
Microbusiness License Application
Understanding the New York’s Cannabis Microbusiness License under the Office of Cannabis Management: Section 73 Explained
Author: Dr. Lucas C. McCann, CSO & Co-founder, CannDelta Inc.
With the Office of Cannabis Management is predicted to open the public portal for cannabis license applications as early as September 23rd, 2023 many are curious to learn if the cannabis microbusiness would be the right option for them to consider. New York’s legal cannabis industry continues to expand with an increased crackdown on the grey-market stores operating illicitly, many prospective applicants are keen to learn all that is required to apply for these new cannabis licenses opening in Fall 2023. To support smaller operations, there is a unique opportunity known as the ‘Microbusiness License’. For prospective applicants, specifically, Section 73 provides clear regulations on these smaller businesses may operate in the New York Cannabis framework. A Microbusiness License authorizes limited cultivation, processing, distribution, delivery, and dispensing of a license holder’s own adult-use cannabis and related products.
Section 73 – Microbusiness license
1. A microbusiness license shall authorize the limited cultivation, processing, distribution, delivery, and dispensing of their own adult-use cannabis and cannabis products. 2. A microbusiness licensee may not hold any direct or indirect interest in any other license in this chapter and may only distribute its own cannabis and cannabis products to dispensaries. 3. The size, scope and eligibility criteria of a microbusiness shall be determined in regulation by the board in consultation with the executive director and the chief equity officer. The granting of such licenses shall promote social and economic equity applicants, as provided for in this chapter.