New York Cannabis Business Opportunities

Start Preparing Your Cannabis License In New York

New York will issue at least 100 adult-use cannabis dispensary licenses (CAURD) to applicants with prior offenses related to cannabis.

If you think you qualify for the “justice involved” application criteria or want to join in forming a qualified dispensary team, let’s talk.


August 11, 2022 Update: OCM announced they will start accepting CAURD applications on August 25 and the application window will close on September 26.

Act now for your best chance at one of these 100 licenses. We can help.

How to Win A New York Cannabis Business License

After much political jockeying and anticipation, New York has finally legalized adult-use cannabis. Details are still sketchy, but we know the competition will be fierce.

Savvy entrepreneurs should start putting together a financial model and business plan now, which will help position them to raise capital, secure properties, win local approval, and recruit potential team members. These preparatory documents are crucial to inform investors and will give them a head start on the eventual license application.

We have been on the ground in New York speaking at events to educate entrepreneurs, working with lawyers and ancillary businesses, and meeting our clients to support their cannabis business success.

While the Cannabis Control Board Chair has estimated a mid-2023 launch date, start now to get your best chance at entering what could be one of the largest cannabis markets in the U.S.

Join The Empire State of Cannabis

Contact our New York cannabis consultants today to discuss what you should be doing now to be properly positioned to win a competitive cannabis license in New York.

Our New York-based team will be glad to meet with you at our office in NYC or any location in the state that is convenient for you.

Start A New York Cannabis Business

Get Insights As They Develop

There has been a swirl of cannabis rumors and activity in New York due to the legislature’s recent focus on the issue. We can help you sort out the facts, educate you on the actual market conditions and opportunities, provide specific information based on what type of cannabis business you want to start, and begin developing real goals and plans.

Bob Wagener, our VP of Business Development, shares more insights about getting started in new states here.

Learn about applying for a conditional NY processor license here.

Learn about applying for a conditional NY dispensary license (CAURD) here.

How to Prepare Now

Get prepared IN ADVANCE for the state’s request for applications to open a licensed adult-use cannabis business in New York. The most immediate actions you can take now to increase your chances of winning a competitive cannabis business license are to begin putting together a business plan, get involved with or initiate advocacy efforts, and seek out local ancillary businesses to partner with, such as CPAs and law firms.

Cannabis Market Conditions in New York



Current Business Approvals

Currently, 10 Registered Organizations (ROs) have been approved for operation in the state. Each of these cannabis businesses is allowed a maximum of four dispensaries. Patients may purchase up to a 30-day supply of state-mandated cannabis products, and loosened restrictions on types of products able to be sold have given patients more variety of medicinal delivery methods.

Future Opportunity Growth

New York’s medical marijuana patient count is projected to increase by almost 50,000 patients in the next 3 years, and projected spending on medical marijuana is expected to increase to $504 million by 2022. Entrepreneurs and investors who are interested in getting into the upcoming New York adult-use market should start their pre-license positioning now to get ahead of the competition.

Stay Updated On New York Adult-Use & Medical Cannabis

Cannabis legalization is changing quickly, and Canna Advisors can help your cannabis business evolve and expand with the industry. For the latest news and events about cannabis, visit our Blog and News and Events pages, and have a look at some of the following top articles on cannabis legalization in New York.

New York’s new cannabis czar calls recreational marijuana the ‘right thing to do’” – Times Herald-Record

Governors Of Northeastern States Adopt Coordinated Marijuana Legalization Plan” – Marijuana Moment


Timeline of Cannabis in New York

  • 2014 - Medical Marijuana Bill Signed Into Law
  • March, 2021 - Adult-Use Cannabis Bill Signed Into Law
  • Mid-2023 - Program Expected To Launch

New York Cannabis Industry Projections

Registered medical marijuana patients (2019)

Spending Forecast

Compounded annual growth rate

Image Data Source: "The State of Legal Marijuana Markets" by Arcview Market Research / BDS Analytics, 7th Edition.

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