New York Cannabis: Farmers’ Market, CAURD Licensing Update

As we previously reported here on the blog, New York introduced the idea of a cannabis farmers’ markets to unclog legal weed supply chain. New York’s Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) previously announced a plan to allow conditional cultivators and retailers to organize and sell weed at farmers’ markets this summer, along with other state and locally approved locations. However, that idea was struck down by Governor Hochul.

During a meeting with the Cannabis Association of New York, OCM Director of Policy John Kagia told attendees the agency will allow conditional cannabis growers and Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensaries to team up and sell products at a location other than the retailer’s shop. As previously announced, if the plan gets a thumbs-up, a retail cannabis dealer must partner with at least three marijuana farmers to sell flowered weed.

It is unclear how each CAURD licensee will be affected by this announcement, or if CAURD licensees can sell product in their designated region or more specifically by town, county, city, etc. If the CAURD licensees can only sell in their designated region, that will be a more targeted benefit to those regions and areas where the process to open up a physical dispensary has been slow or impossible. Hopefully, CAURD licensees and marijuana farmers will get clarity on this soon so they can mobilize efficiently and timely.

New York’s licensed cannabis growers and sellers are also hoping to get the green light to sell their products at pop-up weed trade shows, concerts and festivals under new rules that were proposed and may be approved by the state in short order. Despite likely being an outdoor market, customers can buy flowered products, gummy bears and other edibles — but cannot smoke weed at these events (nothing about ingesting edibles is noted).

In related news, OCM also approved 212 additional provisional CAURD licenses, pursuant to a July 19 press release. This nearly doubles the total of issued licenses to 463 and increases the pool of retailers who would be eligible to sell at farmers’ markets and related venues.

We will continue to track all things related to farmer’s markets, the lumpy CAURD roll-out, and New York cannabis licensing generally as we roll through the dog days of summer. Stay tuned for updates.

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