Answers to 20 questions regarding NY’s new guidance for retail marijuana dispensaries –

This FAQ was originally published by Prince Lobel Tye, and the firm has shared it with NY Cannabis Insider for republication.

On Friday, October 28, 2022, the New York State Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) released its first Guidance for Adult-Use Retail Dispensaries (Guidance). The purpose of the Guidance is to help Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) licensees plan for operating their dispensaries before regulations are formally adopted. The Guidance also articulates the OCM’s interpretation of the regulations and laws currently in place as well as the regulations that will be promulgated in the future.

The Guidance addresses more than thirty-five topics, ranging from compliance matters such as recordkeeping and employee training requirements, to dispensary logistics such as hours of operation and staffing requirements. The Guidance has far-ranging implications that will affect dispensary operations and the consumer experience when New York’s first retail locations open, predicted to happen in early 2023.

Prince Lobel’s Cannabis Team has reviewed the Guidance and prepared a list of twenty Frequently Asked Questions that licensees and consumers will have regarding the OCM’s Guidance for Adult-Use Retail Dispensaries:

1. Are there limitations on dispensary hours of operation?

Yes. Municipalities may pass local laws and regulations governing the time, place, and manner,

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