New York Cannabis Licenses – Cultivator

    New York Adult-Use Cultivator License  

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Holders of an Adult-Use New York Cultivator Licenses may also hold a Cannabis Processor and a Distribution license if they choose to apply, these licenses have other strict criteria that must be satisfied independently of the Cannabis Cultivator license type. Important, the holder of a Cannabis Cultivator license, in New York, or anywhere else in the world, may not be granted any type of Adult-use Cannabis Retail Dispensary or Cannabis Consumption Lounge license.  

Cultivator Operations Size

   Level                                   Permitted Cultivation Area
                                                           (square feet)

   Tier I                                            Less than 5,000

   Tier II                                            5,000 – 12,500

   Tier III                                          12,500 – 25,000

   Tier IV                                          25,000 – 50,000

   Tier V                                           50,000 – 100,000

License Types & Fees

License application fees are $1,000 for all types of Adult-Use and Cooperative Licenses.

License application fees for ROD and ROND licenses are $10,000.

If the applicant qualifies as a social and economic equity applicant, then they will qualify for a 50% reduction, waiver, or deferred fee, evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Licenses shall expire two years after the date it was issued. License renewal fees are equal to the original license fee except where otherwise stated.

Adult-Use Cultivator License: Permitted Activites

The Adult-use Cannabis Cultivator license allows the entity a license for growing cannabis plants and harvesting cannabis flower. In addition to the Cannabis Cultivator license, a Cannabis Processor and Distributor license is also permitted to be held by the same entity.

Permitted activities includes: cultivation, trimming, harvesting, drying and curing cannabis at the licensed site only. Bulk harvested cannabis can be sold to another license holder which may processor, micro business, cooperative, ROD (registered organization with a dispensary), ROND (registered organization with no dispensary), or a cannabis research licensee.

It is strongly recommended but not yet required at this time for a Cannabis Cultivator to respect and be certified for Good Agricultural and Collection Practices (GACP certification). There are many worthwhile sources that speak to this topic.

A person can only hold one Cannabis Cultivator license and may not hold an Adult-Use Cannabis Retail Dispensary license or Cannabis Consumption Lounge license.

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LicensE Application & Permits 

CannDelta is a world-class consulting firm that specializes in assisting with cannabis licensing and state-regulated permit applications. CannDelta has submitted more than 350 cannabis licensing applications for commercial production (cultivation, processing/manufacturing), and nurseries. Start preparing your pre-application checklist now and be one of the first to apply for the cannabis cultivator license in the state of New York.

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CannDelta will assist in finding a suitable site for your new business by working closely with realtors, confirming the required zoning for your cannabis business and seeking municipal ordinances and approvals, as required in your state.

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CannDelta can help ensure a licensed cannabis site is compliant by conducting an audit, reviewing the details of a regulator’s past inspection, or before a cannabis business merger or acquisition as part of due diligence.

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No. The window to apply to become a conditional cannabis cultivator in the state of New York closed in June 2022. If you would like to prepare to apply for a Cannabis Cultivator license, call CannDelta today to get started.

No. The online application to become a cannabis cultivator is not available online, however,  there is much of the preapplication work that can be done today. CannDelta is aware of the required documents needed to make a submission. Retained clients of CannDelta will be prioritized by our office to be the first to submit their application to the OCM to be considered for New York’s first Cannabis Cultivator (non-conditional) license. Call CannDelta today to get started on your application and be amongst the first to apply!

No. The cannabis (or “weed” or “marijuana”) being sold now is illicitly grown, sourced, and sold. It is recommended that all vendors cease their operations immediately and prepare an application to become a legal cannabis retail dispensary operator through the OCM. Furthermore, any products being sold in illicit retail dispensaries is completely unregulated and untested. Because it’s safety cannot be verified, these products can not assumed to be fit for human consumption. If you are unsure if you are buying from a licensed cannabis retail dispensary, call us or visit our site to see a complete list of licensed cannabis retail dispensaries.

Yes. Although Cannabis Cultivators can only hold one license for cultivation, they may also hold a license for Cannabis Processor and Cannabis Distributor. These additional licenses have their own requirements that must be satisfied. Please review these additional requirements before you apply to ensure that you are able to meet these minimum requirements. Call CannDelta today to determine if it makes sense to apply for multiple license types.

No. At this time New York Cannabis Cultivators will not be required to satisfy or be certified in Good Agricultural Collection Practices (“GACP”) or in Good Manufacturing Practices (“GMP”). If you are curious about applying for and obtaining your GACP certification, call CannDelta today.

Yes. Cannabis propogation is permitted with a Cannabis Cultiator license and license holders will be able to create their own seeds, clones, or perform tissue culture. A cultivator may acquire cuttings, seedlings, seeds, and clones from any licensee authorized as a Nursery.  Contact CannDelta today to learn more.

No. You may be better off applying for a Cannabis Nursery license if you specialize in cannabis propogation. This involves performing tissue culture, growing seeds, clones or immature plants. Other requirements also apply for a Cannabis Nursery license. Contact CannDelta today to determine what license is best for you and your goals.

As part of the application, Adult-Use Cultivator applicants will have to pay a nonrefundable a minimum of $1,750 application and licensing fee (for an indoor Tier 1 License appliation for less than 5,000 square feet). Appplication fees for a Tier II is at least $6,250, Tier III is at least $15,630, Tier IV is at least $37,500 and Tier V is at least $100,000 for 50,000 square feet.

Application and licensing fees for outdoor cultivation is the least expensive with a minimum fee of $1,000 for under 5,000 square feet. With mixed lighting fees being intermediate in terms of cost.

Tremaine Wright has been quoted many times in the last month stating that New York is on track to not only issue licenses for licensed Adult-use Cannabis Retail Dispensaries in the State of New York but that several stores will be open with cannabis products made available for purchase before 2023. With less than 30 days to go, safe and regulated cannabis products will be available for sale very soon!

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