The New York Department of Health announced it has opened the application process for businesses to register for a license to cultivate and dispense medical marijuana.
The state plans to award five licenses to private marijuana cultivators, who will each be permitted to open up to four medical marijuana dispensaries. State officials estimate it will take about nine months to cultivate the marijuana before it’s ready for sale.
Acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said the start of the application process is “an important step in implementing the medical-marijuana program. We have laid out an ambitious timeline in getting the program up and running and we are meeting our goals. Once the applications are in, we can begin our review and move to the next step of selecting the registered organizations this summer.”
Applicants for state’s medical marijuana licenses are required to provide detailed plans about their operations and must pay a $10,000 non-refundable application fee as well as a $200,000 registration fee. The $200,000 registration fee will be refunded to applicatnts that are not issued a license.