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Khurshid Khoja

khurshid_8.5_web_small.jpgKhurshid Khoja is Principal and Founder of Greenbridge Corporate Counsel, a minority-owned and woman-managed business law firm founded in 2012, representing clientele in California, Washington, and Hawaii from across numerous sectors in the legal cannabis industry, on regulatory, start‐up, corporate, intellectual property, finance, and other commercial and transactional matters. Khurshid is a business lawyer with over a dozen years of experience in transactional matters, including advising clients and employers on: state and federal banking, corporate, finance and securities laws in multiple highly-regulated industries (including cannabis, insurance and energy); antitrust, unfair competition and trade association laws; intellectual property; commercial contracts; government relations; and regulatory compliance.

Khurshid is also a dedicated industry advocate. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Cannabis Industry Association and regularly performs pro bono trademark and intellectual property work for NCIA. He was recently appointed to NCIA's Policy Council, which advises the NCIA Board on federal legislative and political strategy to reform federal cannabis laws and protect the legal cannabis industry. Khurshid also serves as a founding board member of the California Cannabis Industry Association, and has served as CCIA's outside General Counsel since August 2014. In that capacity, he also represents CCIA on California State Treasurer John Chiang's Cannabis Banking Working Group, which is exploring state and federal solutions to make banking accessible to the legal cannabis industry.  In addition, Khurshid serves on the Advisory Council of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. He has previously served on the Council on Responsible Cannabis Regulation, and as General Counsel to The ArcView Group and the Emerald Growers Association (now the California Growers Association).

Khurshid has participated in legislative drafting, stakeholder meetings, lobbying, and executive agency outreach in connection with the California Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (and the amendments thereto) as well as amendments to the Medical Marijuana Program Act -- specifically, and most recently, AB 2679. He also participated in initiative drafting in connection with the Adult Use of Marijuana Act -- drafting AUMA’s pro-investor ownership definition, and successfully advocating for the removal of MCRSA-style cross-licensing restrictions and mandatory third-party distribution by the drafting committee.

Among other honors, Khurshid has been named to the annual Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars list multiple times. He has been profiled in multiple editions of the Arcview Market Research’s The State of the Legal Marijuana Markets report, was most recently featured in New Frontier’s 2016 State Legal Cannabis Market Profile for California, as well as Bruce Barcott’s book Weed the People, and his early days as the General Counsel of MendoGrown (later the Emerald Growers Association) are chronicled in Doug Fine’s book Too High To Fail. He has been a featured presenter at numerous professional conferences on drug policy and the cannabis industry.

Khurshid was President of the Class of 2001 at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and is an alumnus of The University of Chicago and DePaul University.

Education

  • J.D., University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law

  • M.A., Committee on International Relations, University of Chicago

  • B.A., With High Honor, Political Science, DePaul University

Bar Memberships

  • California