LONG ISLAND, NY — New York is now accepting applications for its cannabinoid hemp program.
In October, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the New York State Department of Health had moved to regulate cannabinoid hemp products, including many CBD products currently available for purchase such as tinctures, vaporizations, oils, topicals, pills, capsules, and food or beverages.
Hemp is a “sustainable, carbon-sequestering crop that is capable of being transformed into hundreds of products including textiles, furniture, fuel, food, construction materials, and personal care items,” Cuomo said.
Opening the application process will prove a boon to the economy, Cuomo said. “Licensing gives processors, distributors, and retailers the ability to help ensure the hemp industry’s long-term viability,” Cuomo said.
He added that it was “great news” for farmers and consumers.
The state’s hemp program licenses cannabinoid hemp processors, distributors, and retailers and defines quality control standards that all cannabinoid hemp products must meet including manufacturing, packaging, labeling, and laboratory testing requirements, Cuomo said.
The program will help “organize and legitimize” the growing cannabinoid hemp industry and protect people from potentially substandard or dangerous products, he said.
The industrial agricultural research pilot program, launched by Cuomo in 2015, aimed to support farms and promote economic development upstate, he said. The industry has expanded and New York’s hemp program is now a leader nationwide, Cuomo said.
To extract or manufacture cannabinoid hemp, a hemp processor license is needed; two are offered including extracting and manufacturing or just manufacturing.
Anyone looking to sell hemp products must be a licensed cannabinoid hemp retailer, Cuomo said; those outside of New York hoping to see to New Yorkers need a distributor permit, he said.
Processors, retailers, and distributors can click here to apply.