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NY Issues 105 New Adult-Use Cannabis Licenses


The state’s Cannabis Control Board issued 105 new adult-use cannabis licenses bringing the total adult-use licenses to 654 so far this year. According to the state, this move paves the way for entrepreneurs and businesses to enter the adult-use cannabis market, driving economic growth and fostering innovation.

“New York is building a robust and equitable legal market that is driving significant economic growth within our communities,” Governor Kathy Hochul said. “The issuance of 105 additional adult-use licenses is just the next step in developing the nation-leading industry New Yorkers expect and deserve.”

The breakdown of the 105 license types approved Tuesday includes: 

  • Adult-Use Cultivator License: 25 
  • Adult-Use Distributor License: 22 
  • Adult-Use Microbusiness License: 22 
  • Adult-Use Processor License: 19 
  • Adult-Use Retail Dispensary License: 17 
  • 45 out of the 105 are transitioning AUCC or AUCPs 

In addition to issuing licenses, the Control Board approved a resolution to adopt regulations for the personal home cultivation of cannabis, enabling adults aged 21 and older in New York State to cultivate cannabis at home.  

Home Cultivation Allowance: 

  • Adults can grow up to six plants individually. 
  • Maximum of 12 plants per household. 
  • Registered medical cannabis patients can have a designated caregiver grow on their behalf, provided no one can exceed the maximum of 12 plants per household.

 Expansion of Cultivation Rights: 

  • Personal cultivation of adult-use cannabis permitted within private residences. 
  • Licensed entities like dispensaries and microbusinesses can sell seeds and immature cannabis plants to consumers.

This significant development empowers New Yorkers who wish to participate in the adult-use cannabis market by providing them with the autonomy to cultivate their own cannabis plants. Home cultivation offers a cost-effective and accessible option for personal use, ensuring that individuals have control over the quality and strain of cannabis they consume. It also promotes a deeper understanding and appreciation of the cultivation process, fostering a more informed and engaged community of cannabis consumers in New York State.

Amendments underwent a sixty-day public comment period. The CCB voted to adopt the regulations and make them effective at the June 11 Board meeting.  

The CCB also continued the work of issuing denials to 100 applications at the board meeting. These applications either did not meet the eligibility for licensure or had already been issued an adult-use cannabis license from another application.  

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