The Cannabinoid Hemp Program

Department of Health Launches Cannabinoid Hemp Program

Pursuant to Chapter 1 of the Laws of 2020 signed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the Department of Health (DOH) is launching a new Cannabinoid Hemp Program to regulate the processing, manufacturing and sale of cannabinoid hemp products (products containing cannabidiol or "CBD") in New York State.

Responding to the recent production and use of cannabinoid hemp products in the market, the Program is intended to implement basic consumer protections to ensure cannabinoid hemp products are properly manufactured, laboratory tested and accurately labeled.

Cannabinoid hemp products include many CBD products available for purchase today, including tinctures, oils, topicals, pills, capsules, and food or beverages that are intended for human consumption or application for their cannabinoid content.

The Program requires anyone who is processing, manufacturing or selling cannabinoid hemp to first obtain a license from DOH. Those interested in growing hemp may find more information on the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets (AGM) web page.

The Department has issued proposed regulations to implement this program and will be sharing more information as it becomes available.

The Department Announces Updates to the Cannabinoid Hemp Program