On July 5, 2014, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a limited medical marijuana bill into law, which included several revisions he insisted upon. After 18 years of work, led by tireless Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, New York is now the 23rd state with an effective medical marijuana law.
The bill gives the state and Department of Health 18 months to enact regulations and install a patient and business infrastructure to allow for the cultivation and sale of medical marijuana to qualifying patients.
Registered organizations or “RO’s” are companies, either for or not-for-profit organizations that the state will license to produce and dispense medical marijuana.
The state will not license more than 5 RO’s, which can each operate 4 dispensaries (for a total of 20 dispensaries). The state can add more RO’s if they determine a need for more.
So in order to do anything within the state, you'll have to first be licensed to Grow/Cultivate Medical Marijuana Legally in New York in order for you to be able to Open A Medical Marijuana Dispensary in New York.
To get ahead and be prepared for when the state will opens its program for licensing marijuana businesses, you should: