As the state’s Office of Cannabis Management approaches the process of accepting applications for the first retail licenses, members took the next step in the process of advancing the cannabis industry on Wednesday. recreational marijuana.
The Cannabis Control Board unanimously approved the opening of the application process, starting Tuesday, for those entities and individuals seeking a conditional cannabis processor license for adult use. He also developed and approved the application form. The processor license application period closes on August 31st.
Cannabis Management Office CEO Chris Alexander said processors are the link between farmers and retailers.
He added that they will take the plant material grown by state-approved growers and use it to process and manufacture products that will then be sold by retailers.
Processor licensees may make cannabis products with a THC equal to or greater than 0.3%. These products will be packaged and distributed to retailers. Temporary processor licenses will be in effect until June 1, 2023.
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Among the many questions about the application of the processor, the state asks what manufacturing process the applicant will use, what kind of products the applicants intend to make and will be products ready for retail sale.
Also Wednesday, the Cannabis Control Board issued an additional 41 conditional cannabis licenses for adult use.
The state has now approved 203 conditional crop licenses for skilled New York farmers, some from western New York. The process of applying for crop licenses will end on June 30. So far, there have been more than 250 applicants.
However, the Office of Cannabis Management has not yet granted any adult use licenses to retailers nearly a year after the legalization of recreational marijuana in New York.
Retailers and new business owners looking to enter the business of selling recreational marijuana and products with higher levels of THC are awaiting regulations from the Cannabis Control Board and are preparing for the application process which is expected to start this summer.
The first licenses will go to people with a marijuana-related conviction.
The state has organized various outreach events and programs in preparation to open the retail application window.
Tremaine Wright, chairman of the Office of Cannabis Management, said Wednesday that the board is still preparing for cannabis sales. “The future is bright and we really have a wonderful team going forward,” he said.