Status: In New York, all individuals with a legal prescription may possess and use medical marijuana. State licensed businesses may grow, process, transport, and dispense medical marijuana.
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New York Medical Marijuana Registered Organization Guidelines
A registered organization shall be a for-profit business entity or not-for-profit corporation organized for the purpose of acquiring, possessing, manufacturing, selling, delivering, transporting, distributing or dispensing marihuana for certified medical use.
The deadline to submit an application to become a registered organization with the Department of Health was June 5, 2015. The Department of Health (DOH) received 43 applications from businesses interested in becoming registered organizations to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana under the Compassionate Care Act. The law provides for the initial registration of up to five organizations in New York State and allows the Commissioner to register additional organizations in the future. Each registered organization may operate up to four dispensing facilities statewide, for an initial total of up to 20 geographically-dispersed dispensing facilities.
REQUIRED NEW YORK MARIJUANA BUSINESS PLANS FOR REGISTERED ORGANIZATION APPLICATION:
- Business & Operations Plan Template
- Cultivation Plan Template
- Manufacturing/Processing Plan Template
- Environmental Plan Template
- Financial Plan Template
- Fire Safety Plan Template
- Inventory Control Plan Template
- Patient Education Plan Template
- Patient Recordkeeping Plan Template
- Product Safety Plan Template
- Security Plan Template
- Staffing Plan Template
- Suitability of Proposed Plan Template
- Transportation Plan Template
RECOMMENDED NEW YORK MARIJUANA BUSINESS PLANS FOR REGISTERED ORGANIZATION APPLICATION:
The History of New York Marijuana
On July 2014, a bill (S7923) signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo legalized medical marijuana use for patients with qualifying conditions. Only five registered organizations were allowed by law and were awarded in August of 2015. The licensee holders are allowed to open 4 dispensaries each, totaling to 20 locations in the whole state.
On July 12, 2018, Department of Health officials published emergency regulations for an opioid replacement policy, adding “any condition for which an opioid could be prescribed as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana,” to the list. The Department of Health also opened the door to home delivery regulation.
Also in July 2018, The New York Department of Health has backed legalizing marijuana for recreational use in a report to Governor Andrew Cuomo, who in the past opposed the policy change, but now appears to be moving closer to supporting it. The 75-page report ultimately concluded that the pros outweigh the cons for legalization.
A series of 15 separate statewide listening sessions on regulated marijuana was held in the state during September and October of 2018. The state could see marijuana legalization and recreational marijuana business licensing opportunities in 2019.
Qualifying Medical Conditions: Cancer, HIV/AIDS, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Parkinson’s Disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord tissue damage, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease (including Crohn’s disease), neuropathies, Huntington’s Disease, and any condition for which an opioid could be prescribed.