Michael McQueeny

Counsel - New York

Michael McQueeny
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Mike McQueeny has been recognized by numerous publications as a leading voice on cannabis and hemp cannabinoid issues.

As counsel in Foley Hoag’s national Cannabis Practice, Mike has provided trusted counsel to start-ups and multi-state operators alike on issues associated with legislative/regulatory development and compliance. Michael has assisted clients in drafting and securing competitive state cannabis permits, having worked on winning applications in multiple states. Michael counsels clients on complex issues of regulatory compliance, including through advising companies on regulatory considerations associated with anticipated mergers and acquisition.

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  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 2012
  • Syracuse University, B.A., Political Science, Phi Kappa Alpha Honor Society, 2008



Representative Experience

  • Counsel for the New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association, the association of New Jersey’s licensed alternative treatment centers.
  • Represented The Valens Company, Inc., a leading manufacturer of cannabis products, in gaining approval for an application to list its common shares on the Nasdaq Capital Market.
  • Assisted in advising several successful entities in their applications in New Jersey’s competitive 2019 Request for Applications.*
  • Represented The Valens Company Inc. in the acquisition of Green Roads worth up to $60M.
  • Represented Trulieve Cannabis Corporation in connection with its successful application to operate a Class 1 Production License (one of only two Class 1 Production Licenses (100k sq. ft.) available state-wide) to cultivate and manufacture low-THC cannabis oil products in Georgia. 
  • Assisted in drafting portions of a client’s winning application in New Jersey’s competitive 2018 Request for Applications, wherein only six (6) winners were selected from a pool of one-hundred forty-six (146) total applications. * 
  • Assisted client in connection with their successful application to obtain multiple satellite dispensaries, thereby tripling the company’s state-wide retail footprint.
  • Advised client in connection with its successful acquisition of a vertically integrated medical cannabis license. * 
  • Successfully assisted various clients in connection with several different regulatory issues, including, but not limited to, license applications, license renewals, license modifications, license expansions, and in responding to regulatory inquiries. 
  • Serve as legislative counsel to cannabis companies in understanding and responding to legislative proposals for medical implementation, medical expansion, and/or adult-use implementation, including, but not limited to, drafting white papers for considerations on the impact of legislation on other policy related goals.
  • Assist in providing 50-state guidance to hemp cannabinoid companies navigating the patchwork of ever-increasing state-based regulatory rules and requirements, including, but not limited to, advising on licensing/registration, permissible/prohibited products, and labeling requirements.
  • Assisted clients in engaging with local municipalities in jurisdictions that require local approval and consent, including, but not limited to, successfully defeating ordinances introduced and designed to prohibit cannabis establishments within their borders or in specified areas.
  • Counsel clients on various regulatory issues associated with entering into new markets, whether in connection with application strategy, strategic partnerships, lending, and/or management services agreements with existing state-based operators. 

  * Indicates work performed prior to joining Foley Hoag.

Professional Experience

  • Adjunct professor, Cannabis Law, New York Law School
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Patricia K. Costello, A.J.S.C., Assignment Judge for the Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex Vicinage

In The Media


  • Insider 100: Cannabis Power List, Honoree. Selected for inclusion on its list of influential voices in New Jersey’s long battle to end cannabis prohibition. 
  • Cannainfluncer, Honoree. One of eighteen (18) individuals selected by New Jersey’s largest newspaper as part of series of profiles focused on the people shaping the cannabis industry in the Garden State in the lead-up to New Jersey’s referendum on adult-use cannabis. 
  • Super Lawyers – New Jersey/New York Rising Star Designation, 2019-2021
  • Irish Echo's 40 under 40 List
  • Rising Star, New Jersey Monthly and Super Lawyers, 2019-2021
  • Lead New Jersey Class of 2018, Fellow
  • Villanova University School of Law, Herman J. Obert Award for outstanding achievement in the area of corporations and business organizations, Certificate of Achievement for outstanding performance in the area of contracts
  • Syracuse University, Fleur-De-Lis Honor Society for distinguished campus leadership


  • New Jersey Bar Association - Cannabis Law Committee, member
  • Hyacinth Foundation - Trustee/Fund Development Committee, member
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Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Tax Court