Borrowing from the New York State Liquor Authority’s three-tier system under which alcohol beverage licensing has operated for nearly a century, cannabis licensing is generally divided into five types of activities: cultivation, processing, distribution, retail dispensing, and on-site consumption.

The following chart provides a brief overview of the various licenses available and the activities they permit.

 

Adult-Use

Adult-Use/Medical

Medical

Cannabinoid Hemp and Hemp Extract

Cultivation

Adult-Use Cultivator License

Adult-Use Cooperative License

Microbusiness License

Registered Organization Adult-Use Cultivator Processor Distributor Retail Dispensary License

Registered Organization Adult-Use Cultivator Processor and Distributor License

 

Hemp Grower’s Authorization

Processing

Adult-Use Processor License

 

Cannabinoid Hemp Processor License

Distribution

Adult-Use Distributor

   

Retail Dispensing

Adult-Use Retail Dispensary License

   

Registered Organization

Cannabinoid Hemp Retailer License

On-Site Consumption

Adult-Use On-Site Consumption License

         

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