Empire State Cannabis Update: Conditional Adult-Use Cultivation & Processor License Overview and Impact

Empire State Cannabis Update: Conditional Adult-Use Cultivation & Processor License Overview and Impact
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Thomas Hughes Joseph Schafer Ryan Stearns     CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A PDF VERSION On February 22, 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul signed a bill into law that will award conditional adult-use licenses to qualifying cultivators and processors who were licensed under New York’s Cannabinoid Hemp Program prior to January 1, 2022.  In all likelihood, these conditional license applicants will be the first licensed cannabis businesses in New York’s adult-use market, and, if awarded licenses, these licensees could begin growing, processing and/or distributing cannabis as early as spring or summer 2022.  The basic requirements for each conditional license, as well as the impact such licenses will have on New York’s cannabis industry are summarized below. Conditional Adult-Use Cultivation License 1. Eligibility To be eligible to apply for a conditional adult-use cultivation license, a cultivator must: Have held a valid industrial hemp grower authorization from the Department of Agriculture and Markets as of December 31, 2021; Be in good standing with the Department of Agriculture and Markets; and Have grown and harvested hemp for at least two of the past four years pursuant to that license and be able to provide proof of the amount of hemp grown. 2. Where can you grow an allowable canopy size? Cultivation is permitted only “within the same or an adjacent county” in which the license-holder has been authorized to grow hemp. Both outdoor and indoor cultivation in a greenhouse with no more than 20 artificial lights is permitted. Outdoor growers may cultivate up to 43,560 square feet of flowering canopy. Greenhouse growers may cultivate up to 25,000 square feet of flowering canopy. Cultivators may grow both indoors and outdoors under the same conditional license but will be restricted to 30,000 square feet of outdoor flowering canopy and 20,000 square feet or less of greenhouse flowering…

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