Retailers & Distributors


Retailers selling cannabinoid hemp in final form to consumers within New York state are required to obtain a cannabinoid hemp retailer license from the Office.

Cannabinoid hemp products include many cannabidiol or "CBD” products available for purchase today, including tinctures, oils, topicals, pills, capsules and food or beverages that are intended for human consumption or application, for their cannabinoid content. As part of the new Cannabinoid Hemp Program, businesses selling cannabinoid hemp products (both online and in person) are required to obtain a Cannabinoid Hemp Retail License from the Office.

Distributors of cannabinoid hemp products must obtain a Cannabinoid Hemp Distributor Permit before selling or distributing cannabinoid hemp products manufactured outside of New York State to licensed Cannabinoid Hemp Retailers. This ensures that cannabinoid hemp products coming in from out-of-state meet all of the requirements of the Cannabinoid Hemp Program.

Until such time as the new Office is operational, the Cannabinoid Hemp Program will continue to operate under the Department of Health.


For current information on the Cannabinoid Hemp Program, please visit the New York State Department of Health Cannabinoid Hemp Program website

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