New York Issues Retail Dispensary Guidance – Ganjapreneur – Ganjapreneur

New York regulators last week released regulations for Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary licenses, including guidance for in-house, drive-thru, and delivery options. The rules include recordkeeping requirements and those for staffing, training, and hours of operation. 

The rules also outline packaging restrictions, prohibiting fonts and images that could be “attractive to individuals under 21,” and products with “similarities to products or words that refer to products that are commonly associated with or marketed in a manner so as to be attractive to individuals,” according to the guidance. The regulations also ban the terms “candy” or “candies,” including variants such as “kandy” or “kandeez,” unless it is a strain name or licensee’s name, entity’s name, or doing business as name.     

Licensees are also barred from misrepresenting their retail dispensary as a medical cannabis dispensary, and as such are unable to use the terms “drug,” “drug store,” “medicine,” “apothecary,” “doctor,” or “pharmacy”; including similar terms like “pharma-” or “medi-” along terms not included on the list that have the same meaning as the terms on the list. 

Adult-use cannabis businesses will only be allowed to operate from 8:00am until midnight unless municipalities approve a

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