New York’s Cannabis Retail Dispensary Regulations, Part 1: Dispensary Operations

As we previously summarized, on Friday, October 28, 2022, the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) released its “Guidance for Adult-Use Dispensaries” (the Regulations). The Regulations provide guidance for Conditional Adult-Use Retails Dispensary (CAURD) licensees and applicants. While we believed that the Regulations could be explained in only five (5) parts, after we reviewed the Regulations, we felt it necessary to break it down even further and into more parts (sorry).

The information contained in the Regulations is a mix of substantive requirements, operational guidance and insight into the OCM’s plans for the issuance of licenses and operation of New York’s cannabis industry. As part of our series explaining and detailing the Regulations, this post is to provide licensees with guidance on the operations of their retail dispensaries. Of course, this post cannot go into each and every mundane detail of the Regulations. Instead, it should serve as a basis for your knowledge going forward and as usual, we encourage you to review the Regulations and consult with an attorney.

Hours of operation

Pursuant to the Regulations, Licensees may only be available to sell cannabis products, including through delivery, during their hours of operation. Each municipality is authorized to pass local

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