NEW YORK: If you want to become a weed farmer in New York state, you’ll need more than a green thumb and some seeds.
State officials have opened the application process for a license — and it won’t be cheap. Applicants will have to plunk down a non-refundable $10,000 application fee along with the $200,000 registration fee to enter the program.
The registration lasts for two years (we’ve reached out to the New York State Department of Health to see if you need to pay again once the registration expires, but they did not immediately reply).
The state will award five licenses for its highly regulated medical marijuana program. Each registered grower will be allowed to open up four dispensaries, which is roughly one dispensary per million residentsin the state.