Research is critical to our understanding of cannabis and contributes to advancements in science, agriculture, medicine, and society. Researchers have been limited in their ability to conduct cannabis related studies, but New York State has the opportunity to change this. With the framework set forth in the Cannabis Law, the creation of a Cannabis Research License, and the development of rules and regulations, the Office of Cannabis Management (Office) is encouraging studies into the chemical composition, agricultural production, consumer use, and potential therapeutic benefits of cannabis. Fostering research collaborations between scientists, agronomists, engineers and practitioners will lead to robust new innovations. There is an opportunity for New York State to lead the nation in cannabis science and research, as the Office continues to build a comprehensive regulated cannabis market.
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The Office of Cannabis Management provides oversight over medical cannabis, adult-use cannabis and cannabinoid hemp within New York State. For those seeking to conduct research with federally sourced cannabis, resources are provided below to assist you with that process.