New York
Jun 2022
3 min

New York Social Equity Cultivation Licenses


New York currently has this social equity program for adult use cultivation licenses in the state

  • Farmers First Program (for eligible New York hemp farmers)

Definition of Farmers First Licenses

The rules establish one type of social equity class that will receive priority review and approval in the cultivation application process:

Farmers First Program provides an Adult-Use Conditional Cultivator License to eligible New York hemp farmers, giving them the first chance to grow cannabis for New York’s adult-use market.

Qualifying for Farmers First Licenses

  • Farmers must adhere to quality assurance, health, and safety requirements developed by the OCM.
  • They must also take part in sustainability and equity mentorship programs that will help build the first generation of equity cannabis owners across the entire supply chain.

When are These Licenses Available?

  • Applications for these priority licenses opened for submission on March 15, 2022.
  • These conditional licenses make it possible for farmers to grow cannabis in the 2022 growing season.

Why is this important?

It's important to know what types of social equity licenses are available in New York so that you understand the landscape of the New York market, and, if you qualify, can better understand what the program is all about..

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