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"I love that my job as a cannabis attorney is never dull—I'm constantly adapting to solve new challenges for a variety of unique clients."



Aleece is the firm's Cannabis Team leader. She began her legal career in Portland, Oregon, at a boutique cannabis law firm, where she represented and advised cannabis businesses on medical and adult-use regulation issues. Aleece focuses on the complex process of structuring, licensing, and maintaining compliant cannabis businesses at the federal, state, and local levels. She has worked with a wide range of individuals and entities in the public and private sectors, including state regulatory agencies, financial institutions, and licensed businesses.

Bar Associations

  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • New York State Bar Association Committee on Cannabis Law, Co-Chair
  • Oregon State Bar Cannabis Section, Former Treasurer

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Barclay Damon Women's Forum

Representative Experience

  • Successfully negotiated an industrial hemp agricultural forward agreement involving the purchase of over $1 million of NY-grown hemp biomass cultivated during the 2019 growing season.  
  • Led a multi-disciplinary team preparing licensing applications on behalf of cannabis business clients, resulting in successful licensure, and advised on all matters pertaining to start up; staffing; security; operations; land use; zoning; banking; tax, including 280E; licensing compliance; and internal corporate issues.
  • Advised cannabis clients in transactions and agreements involving rights in agricultural, commercial, and industrial real property.
  • Manages client relationships with government regulators.
  • Assisted a client with obtaining amendments to regulatory authorizations for propagative material and for facility relocation and consolidation, including environmental due diligence regarding real property acquisition
  • Assisted with a client's application for a vertically integrated license under the expanded NJ medical cannabis program.
  • Assisted with a client's applications for cultivation, manufacturing, and dispensary licenses under the initial launch of Missouri's medical cannabis program.
  • Guided a client's response that resolved, without incident, an authority's compliance investigation into cannabinoid-infused retail consumer products.

Prior Experience

  • McGuire Development, Senior Counsel
  • McGuire Development, Assistant General Counsel
  • Green Light Law Group, Associate

Selected Community Activities

  • SABAH, Junior Board Member
  • Hospice Summer Affair, Committee Member
  • University at Buffalo School of Law, “The Green Rush” Adjunct Professor

Selected Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America® Ones to Watch: Commercial Litigation, 2021
  • New York Law Journal, Trailblazer Award, 2020
  • Buffalo Business First, 30 Under 30 Award, 2018
  • University at Buffalo School of Law, Robert J. Connelly Trial Technique Award, 2012

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • New York State Bar Association, Bridging the Gap, “Cannabis Update/Adult and Medical Use”
  • New York State Bar Association Cannabis Law Committee, “Cannabis Law in New York State and the United States 2018”
  • Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes’ Cannabiz 102 Meeting, “Introduction to Cannabis”
  • Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes’ Cannabiz 101 Meeting, “Introduction to Cannabis”
  • City of Buffalo Public Hearing, “Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act”

Selected Publications & Media

Selected Alerts & Blog Posts

Selected Podcasts

Featured Media


NYS Health and Mental Hygiene Budget Legislation Summary


NYS Legislature Passes Legislation to Reopen the CDPAP Fiscal Intermediary Procurement Process


Pennsylvania State Court Grants Summary Judgment to Dental Practice Against Insurer for COVID-19 Business Interruption Coverage


Unpacking the Impact of the Newly Effective Information Blocking Rule


Second Circuit Court of Appeals Certifies Questions Regarding Damages for Improper Judgment Enforcement to New York Court of Appeals


NYS Governor Cuomo Signs Bill to Fully Repeal Immunity for Certain Health Care Providers and Facilities

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