First-Draft of New York Proposed Regulations Released

The Cannabis Control Board released the first set of draft regulations on Nov 21, 2022, ahead of its board meeting and can be found using this link. At this time only Hemp processors, Hemp cultivators, and eligible CAURD applicants awarded through the lottery process have started the licensing process. The draft regulations outline the license types as well as tiers in addition to licensing fees and preliminary requirements for licensure. The application process will be released in 2023. For a breakdown of the New York Cannabis license types and tiers please reference our blog on the proposed regulations.

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Do I qualify for a Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary License?

To qualify for a CAURD license applicants must meet either meet the requirements for the qualifying business criteria or the qualifying nonprofit criteria.

To be eligible under the qualifying business criteria, applicants must provide documentation evidencing that at least thirty percent (30%) of the applicant is owned by one individual who is/has

  • Justice involved: Conviction of a canna-related offense in New York State before March 31, 2021, on either themselves or a parent, legal guardian, child, spouse, or dependent; and
  • Qualifying business experience: At least ten percent (10%) ownership, for at least two years, in a business that had positive net profits during the individual’s ownership; and
  • Sole control over the applicant, as defined by having the power to order or direct the operation, policies, management, and managers of the business. 
  • Operated a social enterprise that had net assets or profit for at least two years, defined as a business serving customers, operated by a nonprofit or fiscally sponsored by a nonprofit, which both fulfills the parent organization’s mission and generates revenue.

Additionally, 51% of the applicant’s ownership needs to be held by a qualified justice-involved owner.

To meet eligibility under the qualifying nonprofit criteria, applicants must provide documentation evidencing that at least thirty (30%) of the applicant is owned by one qualifying nonprofit organization that has: 

  • A history of creating vocational opportunities for justice-involved individuals; and 
  • A history of intentionally serving justice-involved individuals; and
  • At least one justice involved board member, officer, governing committee member, or advising committee member; and 
  • At least five full-time employees; and

Additional requirements are detailed in this document released by the Canna Control Board.

Looking to Get into New York Canna Industry?

You’re not alone. 

Canna has grown into a billion-dollar industry in the United States, and it’s only getting bigger. 

But if you’re going to get in on the action, you’ll need your own New York canna license.

Getting that license is no small feat! It takes time and money—and there are no guarantees. That’s why we created a solution that’ll help put you in the best position to get licensed, and FASTER. With our help, you can get your New York canna license quicker and with less risk than ever before.

Hear from Experts on the New York Canna Market

Top 5 Things To Know Before You Start



Starting a canna business is not cheap, Making sure you have the correct amount of capital for your business is crucial to not only survive in the marketplace but is also a factor that the state considers during the licensing process.


Real Estate

Having real estate is a crucial part of receiving final licensure and getting your doors open. Understanding the viability of your real estate in relation to state and local zoning is extremely important.


Local Approval

The ability of your business to operate within a local jurisdiction is determined by your local municipality, it is necessary to understand where your business is going to be located and if that municipality allows canna businesses to operate in their city.


Canna Experience

Local and State regulators want to make sure that the businesses operating in this highly regulated market are the best fit. Having the correct experience on your team will show your team’s ability to successfully operate this business type.



Licensing Climate

Understanding your team’s experience, capital restrictions and the competitive nature of each license type will allow you to make an informed decision on what licensed activities your business is best suited for.

We Know What It Takes

Prepare For Success

We know what it takes for an application to be successful and how to best prepare for success. And with us by your side, we can make sure that your business plan covers all the bases from start to finish so that you can stay focused on what matters most: running your business!

Business Opportunity

New York’s canna industry is growing every day, and it's not just about getting your hands on a New York canna license. It's about making sure you're ready for the challenge of entering a new market, and we can help with that.

Get Approved

We know what it takes to get your application approved—we've helped so many others do it! And not only will our team make sure you have all the tools and resources you need to succeed in this industry, but we'll also do it faster than anyone else can.

How Can We Help?

We have industry knowledge and compliance experience that allows our team to assist with the development of your application. This increases the likelihood of success, and in a quicker time frame.

Partnering with us will save you time and money. You can focus on running your business rather than spending hours on weeknights reading through state documents trying to understand how everything works together.

Business Planning

You need to develop a business plan that will show investors that you're serious about this venture. When you partner with CLE, you are able to leverage our proven knowledge and best industry resources to provide you a complete Canna Business Solution.

Licensing Application

You've been waiting for months to apply for a canna license. You've got the funding, you've got the experience, and now you just need to get your paperwork together. But that's not all—you need assistance from someone who knows what they're doing.

Post Licensing Support

You need an operations manual so everyone on your team understands their roles and responsibilities. CLE will provide you with standard operating procedures (SOPs) to run your business effectively.

Start to End Canna Business Solutions

Type of Licensing Services We Offer

Retail License

Processing License

Nursery License

Cultivation License

Conditional Processor License

Delivery License

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On-site Consumption License

Businesses Who Trust CLE!

Its been an absolute pleasure working with CLE. They are extremely knowledgeable in this new industry. I was able to obtain a License because of CLE who helped with every step of the Application process. I will be using their services again in the short future.
Omid Meimandi
Power Plant Smoke
We have contacted a few licensing companies before I decided to contact with Canna licensing Experts. So far I think I have made the right choice and I am happy with the work they have done for us. The team answers questions promptly and never leave us alone.
Lin Yan
GMLL Pharma
Brian and Kalpna at CLE were very pleasant, informative, and knowledgeable regarding licensing. They helped us fill out all the forms needed and guided us through the entire process.
Joseph Dow
Dow Testing Labs

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