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Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Marijuana Regulation & Taxation Act (MRTA) on March 31, 2021 legalizing adult-use cannabis (also known as marijuana, or recreational marijuana) in New York State. The legislation creates a new Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) governed by a Cannabis Control Board to oversee and implement the law. The OCM will issue licenses and develop regulations outlining how and when business can participate in the new industry.
Dispensaries sell legal cannabis, and cannabis products, to responsible adults in compliance with local regulations. In New York, Dispensaries are part of Registered Organizations. There are currently 5 Registered Organizations in New York. Each Registered Organization has 1 location dedicated to manufacturing cannabis. Manufacturing facilities are also known as cultivation facilities or grows.
A New York Registered Organization consists of 1 manufacturing location and 4 dispensary locations.
Registered organizations in New York State will be manufacturing medical marijuana products that will be available in the following dosage forms, approved in regulation:
Smoking as a method of administration is prohibited by the Compassionate Care Act. Edible products are also not permitted.
To protect the public’s health and safety, registered organizations must meet high product quality standards in New York State. Final products must be tested for their cannabinoid profile, as well as for various contaminants and pesticides.
Until such time as independent laboratories are certified in New York State to test medical marijuana products, the Department of Health’s Wadsworth Laboratories is conducting the final product testing. The regulations require that the testing of each lot of final medical marijuana product be conducted with a statistically significant number of samples using acceptable methodologies to ensure that all lots manufactured of each medical marijuana product are adequately assessed for contaminants and the cannabinoid profile is consistent throughout.
Registered organizations are also required to provide a department-approved package safety insert to patients when dispensing medical marijuana. Listed below are examples of the types of information that must be included in the package safety insert:
The Compassionate Care Act requires that the Department set the price of medical marijuana products. The Commissioner must set the price per dose of each form of medical marijuana sold by the registered organizations, and must take into account the fixed and variable costs of producing the form of marijuana in approving such price. The Department is actively working on the pricing process. The Department will review proposed prices submitted by the registered organizations and may approve, deny or modify proposed prices.
Fees for producers and dispensaries are to be determined by the Health Commissioner.
$10,000 non-refundable application fee
$200,000 registration fee, refunded to applicants not issued a registration
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Before receiving medical cannabis, patients must register with the New York Department of Health.
Current Estimated Patient Counts: 18,348 (updated 5/5/2017)
Patients should first ask their treating physician if s/he is registered with the Department of Health’s Medical Marijuana Program. If your physician is not registered and does not plan to participate in the program, s/he can make a referral by accessing a database (called the Health Commerce System) that identifies a list of registered physicians who have consented to be listed, and their specialties. You may direct your physician to more information on registering with the program here.
If the applicant for a registry identification card is under the age of eighteen (18) or a person who is otherwise incapable of consenting to medical treatment, the application must be submitted by an appropriate person over twenty-one (21) years of age. The applicant must designate at least one, and up to two, caregivers who must be among the following: (i) a parent or legal guardian of the certified patient; (ii) a person designated by a parent or legal guardian; or (iii) an appropriate person approved by the Department upon a sufficient showing that no parent or legal guardian is available or appropriate.
Caregivers are responsible for transporting medical marijuana from a dispensary to a registered patient. A patient will be able to designate up to two caregivers during the patient registration process. After patients have registered successfully, caregivers may then do so to obtain a registry identification card.
A patient who is registered with the program must first designate you as a caregiver during the patient registration process. Upon approval of the patient’s registration, the caregiver(s) may register. The patient will have access to instructions for caregiver registration. To register with the Department as a designated caregiver, you must be a resident of New York State and have a valid NYS Driver’s License or New York State Non-Driver ID card.with departmental approval.
Registered Practitioners are physicians that have undergone special training by the Department of Health and are authorized to recommend medical cannabis.
The physician making the recommendation must be treating you for your eligible serious condition, and they must:
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