Overview

Registered organizations are responsible for manufacturing and dispensing medical cannabis in New York State. Each registered organization is permitted by statute to have up to four dispensing facilities.

Registered organizations must manufacture medical cannabis products in an indoor, enclosed, secure facility located in New York State, which may include a greenhouse.

 

Available Products

Registered organizations may only manufacture medical cannabis products in forms approved by the Office of Cannabis Management. The OCM may approve additional forms and routes of administration. Each registered organization may produce its own brands of medical cannabis products, with prior approval of the Office. The brands must include at least one brand that has a low tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content and high cannabidiol (CBD) content, and at least one brand with approximately equal amounts of THC and CBD. Some examples of available medical cannabis products are listed below. Patients should contact each registered organization to learn about products they have.

  • Vape Cartridge/Pen
  • Capsule Tablets
  • Oil
  • Oral Spray
  • Oral Powder
  • Lozenges
  • Metered ground plant preparation for vaporization
  • Whole flower cannabis for vaporization
  • Transdermal Patches

Product Quality

To protect the public's health and safety, registered organizations must meet high product quality standards in New York State. Final products must be tested for their cannabinoid profile, as well as for various contaminants and pesticides.

The regulations require that the testing of each lot of final medical cannabis product be conducted with a statistically significant number of samples using acceptable methodologies to ensure that all lots manufactured of each medical cannabis product are adequately assessed for contaminants and the cannabinoid profile is consistent throughout.

For a list of laboratories approved for medical cannabis testing in New York and their contact information please visit: 

  • The Department of Health’s Wadsworth Laboratory Medical Marijuana Program webpage at https://www.wadsworth.org/regulatory/elap/medical-marijuana.
  • Click on “Search NY Accredited Environmental Labs” on the right of page.
  • In the Advanced Search section choose the category Medical Marihuana and then click View Results.

Click on the Lab Name hyperlink to learn more about each lab.

Labeling and Safety

New York State's Medical Cannabis Program includes detailed product and dispensing label requirements, which can be found in the regulations at 10 NYCRR § 1004.11(k) and 1004.12(h). Registered organizations are also required to provide a department-approved package safety insert to patients when dispensing medical cannabis. Listed below are examples of the types of information that must be included in the package safety insert:

  • a list of any excipients used;
  • a warning if there is any potential for allergens in the medical cannabis product;
  • contraindications (specific situations where medical cannabis should not be used because it may be harmful to the patient);
  • a warning of adverse effects and/or any potential dangers stemming from the use of medical cannabis;
  • instructions to report adverse events;
  • information on tolerance, dependence and withdrawal and substance abuse;

Please refer to 10 NYCRR § 1004.12(k) to view all information required as part of the package safety insert.

Dispensing facilities must report dispensing data to the New York State Prescription Monitoring Program Registry and consult the Registry prior to dispensing approved medical cannabis products to certified patients or their designated caregivers.

Product Prices

Registered Organizations submit to the Office of Cannabis Management their costs to manufacture, market and distribute products, and to certify that the information provided was accurate, complete and current. The Office then determines the reasonableness of the proposed prices and approves them as the maximum price per dose each Registered Organization may charge.

Registered organizations are permitted to lower the price at any time. Note that the price paid by a patient will depend upon the specific amount needed for the patient’s dose. Some registered organizations may offer "reduced price programs" for qualifying certified patients. Patients should contact registered organizations directly to inquire about pricing and any reduced-price programs they may offer.

Locations

Search the list of registered organizations in New York State.

DISPENSING LOCATIONS