New York Cannabis: The Retail Dispensary Municipal Notice

New York’s Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) requires anyone applying for a retail dispensary or on-site consumption license to submit a notice of their intention to apply to the municipality (or community board in New York City) at least 30 days prior to submitting the application. The Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) and Cannabis Control Board (CCB) included that requirement in the final adult-use rules and regulations (Section 119.3).

Here are the specifics:

the notification must be made between thirty (30) and two hundred seventy (270) days prior to filing an application; and the notification “shall be in a form provided by the [OCM].”

Here’s why the New York municipal notice requirement is suddenly pressing: during the September 12, 2023 CCB meeting it was announced that the license application portal for retail dispensaries will open on October 4, 2023, with review of retail dispensary applications that include secured real estate to start on November 3, 2023.  That means that, basically, any prospective applicant for a retail dispensary license needs to submit the notification to it’s municipality (assuming it has already secured real estate), like now.

Here is why the notification requirement is an issue: that little reference

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