Dan McKillop has served as Chair of the Firm’s Cannabis Law and Psychedelics Law Practice Group since 2016. He has twenty years of experience in all aspects of environmental law and litigation. Dan leads a team of attorneys from our various practice areas who assist clients seeking medical or adult-use cannabis licenses and provide counsel regarding current and proposed federal and state medical and adult-use cannabis laws and regulations. Dan was selected by the National Law Journal as a 2018 Cannabis Law Trailblazer in the first year the designation was awarded and he regularly authors articles and presents at business events regarding the cannabis industry. Dan is a member of the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association, an Editor of the Cannabis Law Journal, and an executive member of the New Jersey State Bar Association Cannabis Law Committee.
In 2022 Dan built upon experience gained in the cannabis legal industry and expanded his practice to encompass counseling regarding the quickly developing psychedelics industry. In this area Dan counsels clients regarding the federal, state, and local laws pertaining to a variety of psychedelic compounds, particularly those demonstrating potential therapeutic treatment benefits and related business opportunities such as psilocybin and MDMA. Dan is the co-founder and co-chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association Psychedelics Law Subcommittee and he regularly presents to business and professional organizations regarding the psychedelics industry.
Dan was selected as a New Jersey Super Lawyer Rising Star each year from 2011-2015.* Dan graduated cum laude from Pace University School of Law in 2001, where he earned certificates in both Environmental Law and International Law. During law school, he worked in the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate General at the United States Military Academy at West Point and also practiced law as a student attorney in the Pace Law School Environmental Litigation Clinic. In addition, Dan was a member of the law school’s Environmental Law Review, chaired Pace University’s 2001 National Environmental Moot Court Competition, and led the law school’s team in the 2001 International Environmental Moot Court Competition. Dan previously earned his Bachelor’s degree in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and he is an Eagle Scout.
Scarinci Hollenbeck’s Cannabis and Psychedelics Law Practice Group regularly provides content on the emerging legal cannabis and Psychedelics industry in New Jersey, New York, and the innumerable potential opportunities for entrepreneurs and businesses. Our content provides insight on the unique complexities, including the conflict between Federal and state cannabis laws, psychedelics laws, the intricacies of cannabis and psychedelics laws passed by the individual states, and the rights and obligations of businesses that interface with legal cannabis and psychedelics industry members.
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