Adult-Use Conditional Cultivator License

Adult-Use Conditional Cultivator License



As the result of a new law, previously authorized hemp growers operating under the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program, may qualify for an Adult-Use Conditional Cultivator license. The Adult-Use Conditional Cultivator license authorizes the license holder to grow cannabis (over 0.3% THC) in New York State under the Adult-Use Cannabis Program and are valid for two years from the date issuance.

To be eligible for this license, applicants must meet all the requirements below. An applicant must:

1. Have been authorized to grow hemp under the Department of Agriculture and Markets Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program.

2. Be in good standing with the Department of Agriculture and Markets.

3. Have been authorized by Department of Agriculture and Markets to grow cannabinoid or “CBD hemp” as opposed to growing hemp for grain or fiber.

4. Have grown and harvested cannabinoid or “CBD hemp” for two of the past four years (between 2018 - 2021) and be able to provide the Office with proof documenting such activities.

5. Hold at least a 51% or more ownership in the entity that held the industrial hemp grower authorization from Department of Agriculture and Markets.

Adult-Use Conditional Cultivators are authorized to grow up to one acre (43,560 square feet) of cannabis outdoors or 25,000 square feet in a greenhouse. A cultivator may also grow a portion of cannabis outdoors or in a greenhouse provided the total canopy is less than 30,000 square feet and the portion of greenhouse canopy is less than 20,000 square feet. In addition to cultivation, Adult-Use Conditional Cultivators are authorized to conduct minimal processing and distribution activities of their own cannabis flower products.

Adult-Use Conditional Cultivators must meet and comply with all terms and conditions, of the Adult-Use Conditional Cultivator license. Failure to comply with the terms and conditions or any future rules or regulations issued by the Office of Cannabis Management may result in the revocation of the license. Before applying, all applicants are encouraged to read the Frequently Asked Questions linked to the bottom of this page.

If you have any questions about the Adult-Use Conditional Cultivator license or have issues applying, please call 1-888-OCM-5151 (1-888-626-5151) or reach out to licensing@ocm.ny.gov for assistance. Please note, that only completed applications with the correct license or permit fee will be reviewed.

Program Contact Information:

Telephone: 1-888-OCM-5151 (1-888-626-5151)
E-Mail: licensing@ocm.ny.gov
Website: https://cannabis.ny.gov/


  1. Applicant Primary Contact Information

  2. Applicant Business Location

  3. Applicant ownership and financial disclosure information including submission of organizational structure documents, organizational charts, capitalization tables and ownership structures, and disclosures of any sources or proposed sources of capital

  4. Documentation proving the applicant was authorized to cultivate cannabinoid or “CBD” hemp under the Department of Agriculture and Markets

  5. Documentation proving the applicant grew cannabinoid or “CBD” hemp under the Department of Agriculture & Markets for two of the past four years

  6. A cultivation and site plan for each proposed location to grow, harvest, dry, store or handle cannabis including the submission of floor plans, diagrams, GPS coordinates and an aerial photograph of the premise

  7. Applicant attestation and agreement of the conditional licenses Terms and Conditions

  8. Submission of non-refundable License and Application Fee of $2,000

How to Apply

  1. All applications must be submitted online.

  2. Sign in or create a NY.gov account.

  3. After you apply, log in to check your application status.

Required Fees

Adult-Use Conditional CultivatorNo$2,000All license and application fees must be submitted via check to the Office of Cannabis Management at: Attn: Licensing Division, New York State Office of Cannabis Management, P.O. Box 2071, Albany, NY 12220

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