Greenbridge Corporate Counsel was founded as a platform for making premium legal services accessible to start-ups and established companies working toward environmentally conscious and politically progressive goals. Greenbridge is a new kind of business law firm–a firm where business lawyers committed to addressing climate change, advancing human and civil rights and performing community service can feel good about the clients they serve and provide top flight legal services to visionary companies working toward the same goals.
While we have faith in humanity’s ability to change behaviors that contribute to clImate change, we’re optimistic that clean tech entrepreneurs and enterprises will find more timely answers–if given the opportunity. Greenbridge attorneys have extensive experience counseling renewable energy companies and interests. Our goal is to ensure that promising cleantech visionaries have access to premium business counsel who can help them cross over to success.
At Greenbridge we realize that it is difficult, if not impossible, for individual citizens and companies to take responsibility for addressing the ecological impacts of their activity when their own governments fail to show leadership, or worse, implement policies that inadvertently impose immense societal and environmental costs in the pursuit of regulating the behavior of those individual citizens and companies. Cannabis prohibition is just one example of such a policy. Not only does it prevent American farmers from cultivating non-psychoactive industrial hemp for biofuel (as farmers in China, Canada and the European Union are permitted to do), it also forces many cultivators of state-legal cannabis indoors, generating a huge and unnecessary carbon footprint for the industry as a result.
Greenbridge counsels social entrepreneurs risking their own security to engage in daily civil disobedience of laws prohibiting the distribution of medical cannabis to patients in need, adults over the age of 21, or the cultivation of industrial hemp for environmentally sustainable biofuels and other products. We believe that those who engage in such civil disobedience have the same right to competent business counsel as others take for granted. We offer advice to those who refuse to obey unjust laws, in a manner that ensures compliance with (1) state laws legalizing access to cannabis and/or the cultivation of industrial hemp and (2) all other federal, state, and local laws and regulations generally applicable to businesses.
Under the federal Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”), 21 U.S.C. section 801 – 971, all cultivation, distribution and sale of cannabis is federally prohibited. This misguided law not only keeps medical cannabis away from patients in need (while keeping violent drug cartels thriving), but also keeps American farmers from cultivating industrial hemp, compounding already grave civil and human rights injustices with ecological opportunity cost and competitive harms. Unfortunately, however, if you choose to violate the federal law, there can be consequences. Being a good corporate citizen and complying with the law in all other respects can help mitigate the risks of your undertaking.