Information for Retailers & Distributors

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

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 Department.

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

APPLY NOW: The Department of Health is now accepting applications for Cannabinoid Hemp Retail Licenses and Distributor Permits. Click HERE to apply.

*Attention Retail Applicants with 25+ Locations*

The Department is currently developing an application for businesses with 25 or more retail locations selling cannabinoid hemp within New York State. This enhancement will streamline the application process and expedite the processing of the application . If you are a retail applicant with 25 or more locations, please continue to monitor the Cannabinoid Hemp website or New York Business Express System for the announcement this additional application type is available. You may also contact us at if you wish to be added to our mailing list related to this application type.