Medical Marijuana Program Applications

Acceptance of Applications

The Department began accepting applications for registration as a registered organization on April 27, 2015. Each applicant was required to submit two fees with its application: a non-refundable application fee in the amount of $10,000, and a registration fee in the amount of $200,000. The $200,000 registration fee is to be refunded to the applicant only if the applicant is not issued a registration. The Department evaluated all completed applications received on or before the deadline in accordance with the criteria set forth in PHL § 3365 and Title 10 of the New York Code of Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) §§ 1004.5 and 1004.6.

The application instructions posted to the Department's Medical Marijuana Program website included a deadline for submission of questions regarding the application process. The Deadline for submission of questions was May 5, 2015. The Department posted responses to the questions submitted on May 21, 2015. The deadline for Department receipt of applications was June 5, 2015.

Milestone Date
Application Window Opened 4/27/2015
Deadline for Submission of Application Questions 5/5/2015
Responses posted by the Department for Application Questions 5/21/2015
Deadline for Department Receipt of Applications 6/5/2015

Application to Become a Registered Organization

The State Department of Health (DOH) received 43 applications from businesses interested in becoming registered organizations to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana under the Compassionate Care Act. The law provides for the initial registration of up to five organizations in New York State and allows the Commissioner to register additional organizations in the future. Each registered organization may operate up to four dispensing facilities statewide, for an initial total of up to 20 geographically-dispersed dispensing facilities. The application forms, including instructions with the timeline for the registration process, are posted below.

Application Questions and Answers

Questions concerning the Application for Registration as a Registered Organization or the application process were due to the Department by May 5, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. The Department evaluated the questions it received by the deadline. The questions and the Department's answers can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) has posted the redacted registered organization applications from all 43 applicants.

DOH complied with its legal obligation to review every page of each application to determine appropriate exemptions under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) before making the applications public, a process which required the review of more than 60,000 document pages, much of it containing information that was personal, trade secret, critical infrastructure information, or security related information that could endanger the life or safety of any person.