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About the Office of Cannabis Management

NYS Office of Cannabis Management Overview

The New York State Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) was established upon passage of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) in March 2021 to implement a regulatory framework for medical and adult-use cannabis and hemp in the state of New York. This includes, but is not limited to production, licensing, packaging, marketing and the sale of cannabis.

The MRTA sets out one of the nation's most comprehensive and progressive legal frameworks for the regulation of the adult-use, medical and hemp industries, with a focus on ensuring the greatest possible participation by communities historically impacted by prohibition. The law calls for a five-member board to oversee the creation and implementation of the OCM and the appointment of a Chief Equity Officer charged with developing a social equity plan designed to facilitate and support participation by social equity applicants. The MRTA also limits the number of licenses that can be owned by one company and prohibits the vertical integration of production and retail services, further ensuring that small businesses have an opportunity to compete in the new market.

Executive Deputy Director & Interim Executive Director
Felicia A. B. Reid

Felicia A. B. Reid has been appointed Executive Deputy Director and Acting Executive Director. In this role, Felicia will oversee major operational and regulatory functions of the office including licensing, compliance and enforcement. She will manage the implementation of the OCM Assessment Team's recommendations in partnership with OCM leadership and staff.
Felicia A. B. Reid

Spotlight Feature Programs

CAURD licensees are the first retail dispensaries to open for legal adult-use cannabis sales in New York State.
Leadership at OCM
Learn more about the Executive Leadership at OCM, Cannabis Control Board Members and Cannabis Advisory Board Members
OCM Transparency Plan

In recognition of Governor Hochul’s pledge to ensure greater transparency and accountability in government, the New York State Office of Cannabis Management presents the following transparency plan. The Office is committed to continued public access and information sharing to ensure greater transparency with individual and communities throughout the State.





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Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

The New York State Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) is an equal opportunity employer, and we recognize that diversity in our workforce is critical to fulfilling our mission. OCM does not discriminate based upon age, race, creed, color national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, military or veteran status, sex, disability (including pregnancy-related conditions), predisposing genetic characteristics, familial status, marital status or status as a victim of domestic violence, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.