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Adult-Use Cannabis Licensing Now Open

On March 31, 2021, New York State passed the Marihuana Regulation & Taxation Act (MRTA) which legalized adult-use cannabis (marijuana) in the state. With its passing, MRTA established the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM). The agency is operated by the Cannabis Control Board and regulates adult-use, hemp, and medical cannabis.

In 2022, the OCM issued guidelines for the issuance of licenses for growers and businesses who are looking to enter the cannabis industry. ** As of March 14, 2022, folks interested in cultivating cannabis will need to apply for an Adult-Use Conditional Cultivator License. **

Guidelines for learning about and applying for the Adult-Use Conditional Cultivator License can be found on the OCM website here:


Interested in being licensed to enter this field? Apple Leaf can help provide full-service long- or short-term consulting.  We are a full-service consulting organization that has aided growers around the country to complete procedures to market their product.

We provide:


  • Training/consulting on requirements needed for entering a license agreement surrounding cannabis production

  • Internal assessments of compliance

  • Internal development of systems (policies, prerequisite programs, risk assessments etc. which are required by the OCM)

  • Step-by-step implementation of developed system policies

  • Continued support navigating State/license requirements, including organizing license applications, documents, and activities

  • Follow-up support after the license is issued to sustain a site’s ability to produce cannabis.


Those wishing to process, manufacture, ship, or store cannabis will also be required to apply for licenses and permits pursuant to OCM guidelines. Give us a call. We can help.

Read Adult-Use Conditional Cultivator License Guidelines Here:
Read Adult-Use Conditional Cultivator License FAQ's Here:
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