Businesses processing cannabinoid hemp or hemp extract used for human consumption, whether in intermediate or final form, are required to obtain a cannabinoid hemp processor license from the office. This includes both processors who extract hemp extract from the raw hemp plant and those who purchase hemp extract in intermediary form to manufacture and/or formulate finished products.
Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Audit Requirement
To be issued a cannabinoid hemp processor license, all applicants must obtain a Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) audit of their processing facilities. GMP is a quality control system for ensuring that products are consistently produced and controlled in accordance with current federal regulations 21 CFR Parts 111 or 117 established by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Audit Guidance
List of Approved GMP Auditors
Apply to be a GMP Auditor
The Office of Cannabis Management welcomes applications from businesses or organizations who have the experience and expertise to conduct a GMP audit and are interested in providing audits for Cannabinoid Hemp Processors applicants and licensees. In order to be recognized by the Office, GMP auditors must complete and return the Cannabinoid Hemp Third Party GMP Auditor Application.
The Office of Cannabis Management is now accepting applications for Cannabinoid Hemp Processor Licenses. There are two types of Cannabinoid Hemp Processor licenses, one for “Extracting and Manufacturing” and one for “Manufacturing Only”. The "Extracting and Manufacturing" license type allows a processor to extract or isolate cannabinoids from hemp to create crude oil, distillate, isolate or other intermediary product to be further refined or manufactured into a final cannabinoid hemp product. This license also permits the manufacturing of final cannabinoid hemp products. The "Manufacturing Only" license type allows a processor to purchase crude oil, distillate, isolate or other intermediary product to manufacture final cannabinoid hemp products.
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*Note this is not a license to process marijuana. The Cannabinoid Hemp Program only regulates products derived from hemp. If you are interested in the future Adult-Use Cannabis Program, please visit the Adult-Use page here.
For a list of current Cannabinoid Hemp Processor License Holders click the icon below:
Current Cannabinoid Hemp Processor License Holders
Cannabinoid Hemp Processor Application Requirements
Before applying, please review the Cannabinoid Hemp Processor application requirements below.
- Overview of Processor business plan
- Extraction method (if applicable)
- Planned Source of Cannabinoid Hemp and/or Cannabinoid Hemp Extract
- Workers Compensation verification (if applicable)
- Proof of product liability insurance
- Proof of certificate of occupancy
- Proof of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) audit
- Any other licenses issued at facility location (if applicable)
- Ownership and management information for business (owners and % ownership)
- Submission of a $1,000 application fee and $3,500 license fee for Cannabinoid Hemp Processors Extracting and Manufacturing. Submission of a $500 application fee and $1,000 license fee for Cannabinoid Hemp Processors Manufacturing Only. Both licenses are valid for two years from the date of issuance.
How much does a Cannabinoid Processor License cost?
The Cannabinoid Hemp Processors Extracting and Manufacturing License costs $1,000 for the application fee and $3,500 for the license fee. The Cannabinoid Hemp Processor Manufacturing Only License costs $500 for the application fee and $1,000 for the license fee.
How long is the Cannabinoid Hemp Processor License valid for?
Cannabinoid Hemp Processor licenses are valid for two years from the date of issuance of the license.
What is the Cannabinoid Hemp Farm Processor License?
Persons licensed by the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets to cultivate hemp are eligible to apply for the Cannabinoid Hemp Farm Processor License to manufacture cannabinoid hemp flower products. Cannabinoid Hemp Farm Processors are permitted to trim, dry and manufacture cannabinoid hemp flower products but may only produce up to 1,000 pounds of dried hemp annually. This license is intended to allow smaller farmers an easier mechanism to manufacture and sell cannabinoid hemp flower products from hemp they grew.
Please note, this license does not permit the extraction of cannabinoid hemp. If an individual is interested in extracting hemp to create products, they must apply for and receive a full Cannabinoid Hemp Processor Extracting and Manufacturing license. The Cannabinoid Hemp Farm Processor license is valid for up to two years and has a non-refundable application fee of $100 and a license fee of $300. Click here for more information about the Cannabinoid Hemp Farm Processor application.
Trouble creating a New York Business Express (NYBE) Account?
Call the NYBE Contact Center at (518)-485-5000, Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm for assistance. When you call the help desk you will hear a list of options, you will want to "Press 4" for the Cannabinoid Hemp Program and then "Press 1" for assistance with NYBE profile login.
Cannabinoid hemp applications are available on the New York State Business Express (NYBE) website. Submitting an application through (NYBE) creates a profile for your business or organization. You will be able to reuse the information contained in your business profile to submit future applications when using NYBE. Once you have created a business profile for your business or organization, it will be associated to your NY.GOV login and only you will be able to submit applications for your business or organization. Others using NYBE who try to start an application with your business identifiers, such as the Legal Name or federal EIN, will be prevented from completing the application.
If you are trying to complete an application for your business or organization and are prevented from completing the application because a business profile already exists, consult with those within your business or organization to check if they have started a profile using NYBE. If you do not have access to the NY.GOV account with your business profile or do not know who within your organization created the business profile, you can request to have your business profile linked to a different NY.GOV account. The NYBE Contact Center at (518)-485-5000 can also assist with these login issues.
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