Farmers in New York State can begin to grow cannabis in 2022. Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation today, February 22, 2022, which will allow them to start growing the crop this season. The law creates a new Conditional Adult-use Cannabis Cultivator license, which existing New York hemp farmers can apply for. The famers will have to meet certain requirements.

Governor Hochul said,

"I am proud to sign this bill, which positions New York's farmers to be the first to grow cannabis and jumpstart the safe, equitable and inclusive new industry we are building. New York State will continue to lead the way in delivering on our commitment to bring economic opportunity and growth to every New Yorker in every corner of our great state."

The conditional license will allow New York farmers to grow marijuana outside or in a greenhouse for up to two years following their conditional adult-use cannabis cultivation licensure. The law also allows farmers in the state to,

manufacture and distribute cannabis flower products without holding an adult-use processor or distributor license, until June 1, 2023.Cultivators are limited to one acre (43,560 square feet) of flowering canopy outdoors or 25,000 square feet in a greenhouse and can use up to 20 artificial lights. They can also split between outdoor and greenhouse grows with a maximum total canopy of 30,000 square feet as long as greenhouse flowering canopy remains under 20,000 square feet.

The Office of Cannabis Management will develop the license application and begin the process as soon as possible.

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