New York Cannabis License – Application Template Set


The New York OCM is due to be published around the end of February, 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.

Scroll down to learn a whole lot more about the recreational marijuana licensing process and what we offer. 

Need individual New York Cannabis License SOPs or Operating Plans? Scroll down to read more.

Want to look inside? Our documents are intellectual property and, as such, are not refundable, but you can preview the whole thing via screen share. Contact Jennifer Martin today to schedule a preview.

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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.

When it’s time to submit your NY cannabis license 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 ranging from $5797 – $6997 depending on the license type. You can also buy these documents a la carte. Click on each one above to learn more about it and the individual pricing. If you purchase the whole kit, you 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 Recreational Cannabis Application – Operational Plans and SOPs

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

These Cannabis Cultivation, Processing, Distribution and Dispensary Operations 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 New York cannabis retail applicants have a few more months to prepare.

How do I get a recreational cannabis 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.

The New York microbusiness license holders will be able to get a small operation going for under $2 million as 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 adult-use cannabis license, you’d probably be best off with a New York cannabis processing license, NY distribution license or NY dispensary license. NY Processing, distribution and New York 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 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 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.

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 adult-use cannabis license:

  1. If you want to start with templates to ease your process and save you time, templates will cost $5000-$8000 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.

New Jersey Cannabis Dispensary Application

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.



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