New York Cannabis License – Application Templates

The New York OCM cannabis regulations are due to be published in the fall or winter of 2022. We are awaiting this critical information about how the application and licensing processes will work for NY cannabis license applicants. When those regulations drop, we will be putting together application template sets for cultivators, processors, distributors and dispensaries, making the whole cannabis application process a LOT easier for you.

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With a focus on operational requirements, such as standard operating procedures, we offer application templates for those seeking NY Cannabis Licenses, for both larger entities and for micro business license applicants.

When it’s time to submit your NY cannabis application, we offer the following documents as a kit or individually. These are our available NY Cannabis Operating Plans and Standard Operating Procedures (subject to change when regulations are published):

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  • An Environmental Impact Plan
  • Security Plans
  • Workplace Safety Plans
  • A Workforce Development, Job Creation and Diversity Plan
  • Adverse Event SOPs
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control SOPs
  • Recall SOPs
  • Packaging and Labeling SOPs
  • Inventory Control, Storage and Diversion Prevention SOPs
  • Record Keeping SOPs
  • Waste Disposal SOPs
  • Operations Procedures
  • Accounting and Tax Compliance SOPs
  • Reporting of Test Results SOP
  • Transportation SOP
  • Delivery SOP

Every document we call a “plan” is written in narrative text, paragraph form. Every document we call a “procedure” or “SOP” is written in step-by-step instructional format.

The New York cannabis application documents above contain policy citations and links to the relevant regulatory text. This set of cannabis operating plans and SOPs will be offered at a package discount price. If you purchase the whole kit, you will save 25% over buying each document separately.

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Please email us or call 1-877-757-7437 to schedule an appointment to preview our cannabis application templates. We are in the Hawaii time zone (HST), which is 5-6 hours earlier than East Coast (depending on the time of year), so let us know in your voicemail how late we can return your call.

New York Dispensary Licensing

Want to Make Your New York Cannabis Licensing Process MUCH Easier? 

These Cannabis Cultivation, Processing, Distribution and Dispensary licensing documents will save you hundreds of hours preparing your NY cannabis application! You’ll understand what we mean when you preview them. Our years of experience with cannabis licensing and compliance documents ensure that the plans and procedures you submit will be what the CCB is looking for.

It’s exciting to see the recreational cannabis industry in New York finally come into being! All adults should have the right to safely consume recreational cannabis, so it’s great that New York is willing to be on the forefront of the industry, beating most other US states to the launch of an adult-use cannabis market. Now, let’s get started obtaining your New York recreational license!

Applications for New York cultivation licenses and processing licenses will be accepted by the OCM starting later in 2022. Cannabis distribution and dispensary applications will be accepted a few months after that, so most types of applicants still have a few more months to prepare.

How to Apply for a Dispensary license in New York

One of your highest priorities should be to find a properly zoned location where you have permission from the local municipality (and from the building owner if you are leasing) to operate as a cannabis grower, processor, distributor or retailer, and you’ll need at least a few hundred thousand dollars for buildout and licensing/compliance requirements.

After you have a location, you can start working on the NY dispensary application, which is currently only available for social equity applications. Applications for dispensaries, for all other people, are coming in early 2023. The OCM publishes useful checklists and FAQ’s that help you get oriented. Then there’s quite a bit of information to collect before you are ready to press “submit” on your application.

Is Opening a Dispensary Profitable?

Making money in the NY cannabis industry will be easier for early entrants, simply because competition gets stiff when the market is flooded with participants. When the number of dispensaries gets above ~25 per 1 million residents, it becomes difficult to process enough transactions to make good money.

How to Open a Dispensary in New York

Cannabis Retail ProceduresAre you interested in getting involved with exciting new cannabis industry opportunities in New York state? The Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) is New York’s cannabis regulatory agency, and they are about to publish the regulations that will explain what’s involved in applying for a New York dispensary license.

If it’s anything like other states, you will have a lot of paperwork to gather that proves that you have permission to use a certain location, have sufficient funding, have no serious criminal convictions and have sufficient understanding of how to operate.

What if I have No Experience Operating Cannabis Dispensaries?

As long as the New York cannabis licensing process isn’t competitive, a lack of experience shouldn’t hold you back assuming your paperwork looks good. The Cannabis Control Board, which is the agency that operates within the OCM, will likely ask for certain types of operating procedures. These are documents that show how you will ensure adequate security to your cannabis facility, proper control of cannabis waste, good inventory control and record keeping, and possibly a few other procedures. We will know a lot more when they publish regulations towards the end of February 2022. How much does it cost to open a dispensary in new york

Fortunately, a dispensary is a lot less complicated to operate than a production business. Dispensaries only buy packaged products at wholesale price, then resell them at retail price. It’s pretty much the same as running any retail business, except you have much bigger security concerns since it’s a value product that thieves are interested in (including employees), and you’ll be doing a lot of your business in cash. Additionally, there’s a lot more regulatory compliance involved than with most other retail businesses, but you’ll learn that pretty quick and will just need a compliance expert on your team to handle it all.

The main challenges you face in opening a dispensary are in securing a properly zoned property, getting local approval from the city or county, and raising enough money to get started. Then, its all about security and inventory control once you are operational.

How Much does a New York Dispensary License Cost?

There are many costs involved with getting started in the cannabis industry in New York. The actual cost of submitting an application will vary from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars, depending on your sub-license type. If, for example, you fall into the social equity or New York cannabis microbusiness license categories, your application submission process will be cheaper (and hopefully simpler).

Beyond the cost of the actual license submission, if you buy New York cannabis application templates from a company like ours, add a few thousand dollars to your budget for that. Or if you hire an attorney or consulting company to create the entire application document set for you from scratch, that often costs between $30,000-$60,000. It seems like a lot, but when you see how much paperwork is involved and think about how high-stakes the situation could be, it starts to make sense. A custom application packet can take 200+ man hours to put together and has lots of expertise behind it.

We offer the low-cost DIY New York recreational license document option with our template sets. Click any one of the license links on this page to check them out.

As for the cost of the location, it’s obviously a lot different if you buy the property versus leasing it. Leasing is a lot cheaper, and may be possible for as little as $2500 per month, or as high as $10,000 per month, depending on the city and exact spot you pick. Plan on having 6 month’s worth of rent set aside, plus deposit, to cover that cost.

Then there’s the cost of getting the building ready for business. This typically costs about $200,o00, but can be done on the cheap for half that much for a small location. It involves making the place attractive to customers, getting the security system up and running, the point of sale software, display cases, safes, locks, climate controls, storage, furniture and office equipment. Email us for a free sample budget for a New York cannabis dispensary license.


Microbusiness License Cost in NY

The New York microbusiness application will cost less to submit to the OCM, but your cost of operating will only be lower if you are running a physically smaller business, with a smaller building and fewer employees.

The New York microbusiness license holders will be able to get a small operation off the ground, with a cost under $2 million for cultivators, under $500,000 for processors, and under $300,000 for dispensaries and distributors. NY microbusiness license holders will mainly save money in obtaining the license, and not so much thereafter, unfortunately. We hate to break the bad news to you, but a couple hundred thousand bucks won’t get you as far as you think, especially as a grower. Construction, mechanical installation, equipment and climate control systems run into a lot of money because you’ll be building out the equivalent of a clean-room lab that has the power and equipment to offset large amounts of moisture and heat that build up in plant rooms.

Tip: If you don’t already know a lot about cultivating commercial cannabis and would be happy with having any kind of cannabis micro business license, you’d probably be best off with a New York cannabis processing license, NY distribution license or NY dispensary license. Processing, distribution and dispensary license types are cheaper types to operate, don’t require as much experience; not as much can go wrong.

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Over time, the rules will loosen up for, but for now, you’ve got 200- 300 hours of time that must go into gathering and organizing your NY cannabis license application materials. With the New York cannabis application documents we sell here, we believe we’ve reduced your workload by at least 200 hours. We know that because that’s literally how long it took us to create all these documents!

The New York cannabis license plan and procedure templates we offer are written from the standpoint of a hypothetical cannabis applicant. It’s as if you are getting to see a competitor’s completed application and can use it as a model create your own high-level custom cannabis application.

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How Much Will a New York Cannabis License Cost?

Total cost for a cannabis application in New York has many components. The first is the amount that the state will charge to apply for the license. Based on the size of your business, this will range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars.

There are many other costs that need to be taken into account for planning purposes when it comes to obtaining a NY cannabis license:

  1. If you want to start with templates to ease your process and save you time, our cheapest template set will cost $7997 from us, depending on your license type.
  2. If you want to 100% ensure that your license won’t be kicked back over technical errors, an attorney will charge a few thousand dollars to review your documents before you submit.
  3. If you are purchasing a property, your down payment could easily exceed $100k. If you are leasing a property, you’ll need a security deposit, plus enough rent money to cover you until you can harvest and sell plants. That’s going to run anywhere from about $30k to $150k, depending on the size of the property.
  4. You will need several hundred thousand dollars to cover all of your build-out and early operational expenses. This varies greatly depending on the size of the building. For growers, figure $400 per square foot for a vertical LED setup, which covers equipment, materials, construction and mechanical installation costs. It’s a lot of money, but it’s good to know about it early on, so you won’t run out of money half way through the process. The cost for dispensary buildout is closer to $200,000 for the average dispensary, but of course can run much higher if you are trying to be the Apple of cannabis dispensaries.

Contact us today for a pre-purchase tour of the documents! View before you buy and get a fee Q&A session at the same time.

What else should I know about starting my New York Cannabis Application?

There are 4 main components of a successful cannabis application: 1) Solid financial backing 2) Sufficient experience 3) Proof of ownership (or owner’s permission to use) of an adequate facility/location and 4) a complete and well organized set of application documents. Read more about each license type below.

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Jennifer Martin – Commercial Cannabis Expert


Hi, I’m Jennifer Martin. I’ve been working on cannabis industry documents and application materials since 2016, and I’ve been designing and operating cannabis cultivation facilities for over 20 years. At heart, I’m a commercial grower, and I wish it were easy to legally set up shop anywhere and just grow cannabis plants for a living. Unfortunately though, many states are concerned about seeming too liberal about legalizing psychoactive substances, so they are making it difficult, if not impossible, to get a cannabis license. This is finally changing in New York!



New York Cultivation License

This is the most difficult license type to operate, and the most expensive to set up. The pitfalls are plentiful for growers because of bugs, diseases, mold and the challenges involved with grower perfectly healthy cannabis plants.

How to Plan for New York Grow License

  • Have a healthy budget. Plan on spending upwards of $400 per square foot on build-out. This is because of climate controls, grow lights, and everything that has to go into creating clean-room conditions. Without a proper build-out, you will get mold, which means crop loss.
  • Have some cultivation experience. If you have grown cannabis before, you know about all of the problems that can happen. You need the kind of experience that teaches you how to read the plants, in the same way that a cook smells, hears and tastes what’s going on with a recipe while it’s being cooked. It takes most growers at least 5 years to learn these skills.
  • Know about diseases and bug infestations. New cultivation operations often fall into the trap of acquiring clones for a quick start, but then finding out that the clones have mites or hop latent viroid, or other pests. Physical inspection and quarantine is not enough, but it’s a start. A clone from the batch should be sent to a plant pathologist for clearance before they are brought to the facility. Or if you have a very well separated quarantine room, keep them in that room for no less than 1 month for visual inspection. Mites and other problems can take that long to become visible.

New York Dispensary License

This is not a difficult license type to operate, but it has it’s PITA factors, if you know what I mean! The main ones are security (both from employee and external theft) and dealing with a lot of customers who might have unreasonable expectations.

How to Plan for a New York Dispensary License

  • Go overboard on security. There’s a lot of cash going around in the dispensary business, as well as a lot of product, and lots of people would like to get their hands on it. You’ll always be watching your back when running a dispensary. Put cameras in the safes, keep non-executive staff out of the top offices and keep the safe and all unsold product near you. Any vulnerabilities will be exploited, and you have no privacy when you are a NY dispensary license holder.
  • Plan for lots of inventory control and record keeping. No other business types have as much regulatory compliance associated with them than cannabis businesses, so be prepared for lots of paperwork, document and video storage, and cybersecurity.
  • If you will be doing delivery, be prepared for danger. Cannabis delivery businesses can be very lucrative, but also very dangerous. Your delivery drivers should have experience dealing with stick-ups and other security related problems that can occur at the point of sale. The job is not for the faint of heart.

Assuming your New York Dispensary Application is well prepared, and you have a good location, your cannabis dispensary has the potential to be a big success!

Contact us for a free Business Plan to get started with your paperwork. Also check out our New York Cannabis Licensing website.



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