McQueeny

Michael McQueeny

Counsel
New York

I help clients navigate complex cannabis regulatory infrastructures to ensure their specific business goals are compliant with governing rules.

As counsel in Foley Hoag’s national Cannabis Group, Mike McQueeny has provided trusted counsel to startups and multi-state operators alike on issues associated with legislative/regulatory development and compliance. He has assisted clients in drafting and securing competitive state cannabis permits, having worked on winning applications in multiple states.

Mike counsels clients on complex issues of regulatory compliance, including through advising companies on regulatory considerations associated with anticipated mergers and acquisition.

Mike has frequently been consulted as a point person for developments and insight for several national and local media outlets including CBS News, Fox 5 New York, News 12, Cheddar TV, ROI-NJ, Forbes, the Washington Post, Benzinga, the Star-Ledger, NJ Cannabis Insider, NJBIZ, and the New Jersey Law Journal. Mike has also been the recipient of several honorary awards, including his selection by New Jersey’s largest newspaper as one of eighteen honorees as part of a series focused on the people that helped shape the cannabis industry in New Jersey in the lead-up to New Jersey’s adult-use cannabis referendum. More recently, Mike was selected for inclusion on the “Insider 100: Cannabis Power List,” which recognizes leading influential voices in the long battle to end cannabis prohibition.

Education

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

Bar and Court Admissions

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

Experience

CANNABIS LICENSING
  • Represented multiple entities that were among the first adult-use conditional cultivation licenses issued by the New York Cannabis Control Board and Office of Cannabis Management
  • Represented clients in connection with New Jersey’s Expanded ATC process, including, but not limited to, drafting and advising clients with respect to the first cohort of adult-use cannabis licenses issued in the State of New Jersey
  • Represented several of the first social equity adult-use licenses issued by the State of New Jersey
  • Assisted in advising several successful entities in connection with their applications in New Jersey’s competitive 2019 Request for Applications*
  • Assisted clients in engaging with local municipalities in jurisdictions that require local approval and consent, including, but not limited to, successfully defending local approvals when challenged in Court.
  • 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
SECURITIES
  • 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
MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
  • Represented The Valens Company, Inc. in the acquisition of Green Roads worth up to $60 million
  • Advised client in connection with its successful acquisition of a vertically integrated medical cannabis license* 
REGULATORY AND GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
  • Counsel for the New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association, the association of New Jersey’s licensed alternative treatment centers
  • 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
  • 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

Publications

  • “Legal NYC Marijuana Remains Sticky Issue Months After Bill Passes,” NYC Patch (December 11, 2021)
  • “New York State of Mind” High Times Magazine (December 1, 2021)
  • “Experts at seminar high on cannabis business in Atlantic City,” Press of Atlantic City (November 14, 2021)
  • “N.J.’s weed commission will miss deadline to start accepting new business applications,” the Star Ledger (September 18, 2021)
  • “Ossining Considers Nixing Cannabis Consumption Lounges,” Hudson Patch (August 12, 2021)
  • “Camden moves to ban cannabis businesses to implement its own rules in the future.” WHYY (PBS) ( June 27, 2021)
  • “Why Are So Many Municipalities Opting out of Their State’s Adult-Use Cannabis Marketplace?” Green Entrepreneur (June 4, 2021)
  • “N.J. minority cannabis entrepreneurs get boost for state’s biggest cannabis industry event in June,” the Star Ledger (June 1, 2021) 
  • “Now That Marijuana Is Legal In NYC, Here’s What Happens Next,” NYC Patch (April 1, 2021)
  • “New Jersey Marijuana: Lawmakers Eye Bill Allowing Adults to Grow Pot At Home,” CBS News (March 29, 2021)
  • “High Stakes,” NJBIZ (March 8, 2021) 
  • “Politics, Lawsuits And a Weak Medical Market Stalls Pot Sales in New Jersey,” Forbes (March 8, 2021)
  • “Marijuana is now legal in New Jersey. What does that mean and when can you buy it,” News 12 (February 24, 2021)
  • “How will Hudson County handle legal marijuana? It depends on where you live,” NJ.com (February 23, 2021)
  • “Gov. Murphy Signs Bill Legalizing Recreational Marijuana for Adults, Decriminalization Possession of Small Amounts in New Jersey,” CBS News (February 22, 2021)
  • “Murphy, state senators at odds over penalties for minors caught with marijuana,” News 12 (January 12, 2021)
  • “Marijuana in New Jersey: Holdup on Legalization Centers on Dispute Over Minors’ Possession Penalties,” CBS News (January 11, 2021)
  • “Legal Recreational Marijuana May Not Be Available in New Jersey in 2021 Due to Continued Legislation Delays,” CBS News (December 29, 2020)
  • “Gov. Murphy, Lawmakers say Deal Reached on Marijuana Bill,” CBS News (December 4, 2020)
  • “Marijuana in New Jersey: State Senate Passes Legalizing Possession of 6 Ounces of Pot,“ CBS News (November 16, 2020)
  • “Not so fast,” NJBIZ (November 9, 2020)
  • "In 2018, New Yorkers flocked to Hudson County to gamble. Will they come now to buy marijuana?," NewJersey.com (November 8, 2020)
  • "Election 2020: New Jersey Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Legalizing Marijuana," CBS New York (November 4, 2020)
  • "If N.J. voters legalize weed, it’ll be at least a year until it’s available to buy, industry experts say," NewJersey.com (November 3, 2020)
  • “New Jersey Set to Become Biggest East Coast State to Legalize Pot,” Washington Post (October 30, 2020)
  • "Cannabis influencers: He strives to steer people in the right direction," NewJersey.com (October 19, 2020)
  • "Meet the people shaping N.J.’s cannabis industry - The CannaInfluencers," NewJersey.com (September 14, 2020)
IN THE MEDIA
  • Camden moves to ban cannabis businesses to implement its own rules in the future,” WHYY (PBS), (June 27, 2021)
  • Why Are So Many Municipalities Opting out of Their State’s Adult-Use Cannabis Marketplace?” Green Entrepreneur,  (June 4, 2021)
  • N.J. minority cannabis entrepreneurs get boost for state’s biggest cannabis industry event in June,” The Star Ledger,  (June 1, 2021)
  • Now That Marijuana Is Legal In NYC, Here’s What Happens Next,” NYC Patch (April 1, 2021)
  • New Jersey Marijuana: Lawmakers Eye Bill Allowing Adults to Grow Pot At Home,” CBS News (March 29, 2021)
  • High Stakes,” NJBIZ (March 8, 2021) 
  • “Politics, Lawsuits And a Weak Medical Market Stalls Pot Sales in New Jersey,” Forbes (March 8, 2021)
  • “Marijuana is now legal in New Jersey. What does that mean and when can you buy it,” News 12 (February 24, 2021)
  • “How will Hudson County handle legal marijuana? It depends on where you live,” NJ.com (February 23, 2021)
  • “Gov. Murphy Signs Bill Legalizing Recreational Marijuana for Adults, Decriminalization Possession of Small Amounts in New Jersey,” CBS News (February 22, 2021)
  • “Murphy, state senators at odds over penalties for minors caught with marijuana,” News 12 (January 12, 2021)
  • “Marijuana in New Jersey: Holdup on Legalization Centers on Dispute Over Minors’ Possession Penalties” CBS News (January 11, 2021) 
  • “Legal Recreational Marijuana May Not Be Available in New Jersey in 2021 Due to Continued Legislation Delays,” CBS News (December 29, 2020)
  • “Gov. Murphy, Lawmakers say Deal Reached on Marijuana Bill,” CBS News (December 4, 2020)
  • “Marijuana in New Jersey: State Senate Passes Legalizing Possession of 6 Ounces of Pot “ CBS News (November 16, 2020) 
  • “Not so fast,” NJBIZ (November 9, 2020) 
  • "In 2018, New Yorkers flocked to Hudson County to gamble. Will they come now to buy marijuana?," NewJersey.com (November 8, 2020)
  • "Election 2020: New Jersey Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Legalizing Marijuana," CBS New York (November 4, 2020)
  • "If N.J. voters legalize weed, it’ll be at least a year until it’s available to buy, industry experts say," NewJersey.com (November 3, 2020)
  • "New Jersey set to become biggest East Coast state to legalize pot," Fortune (October 29, 2020)
  • "Cannabis influencers: He strives to steer people in the right direction," NewJersey.com (October 19, 2020)
  • "Meet the people shaping N.J.’s cannabis industry - The CannaInfluencers," NewJersey.com (September 14, 2020) 

Honors & Involvement

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

Speaking Engagements

  • “Stockton University Cannabis Business Expo,” Stockton University (November 14, 2021)
  • “New Jersey Cannabis Certified,” Union County College (November 1, 2021)
  • “565 Towns vs. 1 Plant – What’s at stake,” NJ Cannabis Insider Live (September 23, 2021)
  • “Critical Marketing: Grow Your Customer Base With Your Website and Text Messaging,” 2021 Cannabis Conference (August 24, 2021) 
  • "Connecticut Adult-Use Cannabis: A Market Ready to Scale," Foley Hoag Webinar (July 2021)
  • “Cannabis in the U.S.: Growing Issues for Law Enforcement and Schools,” L.E.A.D. (June 28, 2021)
  • “Cannabinoid Analogs and their Regulatory Challenges: Delta-8 THC, Delta-10 THC, THC-v, and more,” Association of Food and Drug Officials (June 17, 2021)
  • “Legalization, Hemp & CBD,” NJ Cannabis Insider Live (April 13, 2021)
  • "Countdown to Legalization," NJ Cannabis Insider Live, industry panel (October 2020)
  • "Investing in Cannabis," Food Edge 2020, (October 2020)  
  • "Why The Business of Hemp is so essential," NJ Cannabis Insider Live, (April 2020)
  • “Where Towns Stand: NIMBY or Come On In,” NJ Cannabis Insider Live, panel (March 2020)
  • “Cannabis: There’s No Place Like Home (Rule),” American Planning Association, 2020 Planning Conference, panel (January 2020)
  • “Intro to Cannabis,” Union County College, panel (November 2019)
  • “Cutting Through the Red Tape,” New Jersey Business and Industry Association, panel (November 2019)
  • “Intro to Cannabis,” Union County College, panel (June 2019)
  • “Professionals Servicing the Industry,” NJ Cannabis Insider Live, panel (April 2019)
  • “How Employers Adapt to Legalization,” Commerce and Industry Association, panel (January 2019)
  • “Industry Developments and Consumer Protection,” NJ Cannabis Insider Live, panel (October 2018)
  • “Real Estate’s Next Revolution – From the Amazon Effect to Cannabis Legalization,” Fordham Real Estate Institute, panel (May 2018)