About EARTH Law, LLC

Courtney N. Moran, LL.M.

EARTH Law, LLC
Cannabis Counselor and Attorney at Law
Environmental Advocate Representing True Hemp
Admitted to Practice in Oregon, Wisconsin and Minnesota

Courtney N. Moran, LL.M., founding principal of EARTH Law, LLC is the leading expert on hemp law, championing legal policy for a sustainable Cannabis hemp industry. She has presented on hemp law and policy at numerous conferences throughout the U.S., including the 37th Annual Society of Army Physician Assistants Conference, at Oregon State University, and before the Senado de la República in Mexico City, Mexico.

Federal Hemp Legalization- 2018 Federal Farm Bill

As Chief Legislative Strategist for Agricultural Hemp Solutions, LLC, Courtney worked closely for over two years with the offices of Senator Ron Wyden and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in drafting the federal Hemp Farming Act of 2018 (S. 2667). Working pro-bono on the federal legislation allowed AGHS to play a key unencumbered role in the drafting and negotiation. The full language of the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 was eventually included in the 2018 federal Farm Bill, which passed the U.S. Senate on December 11, 2018 with a vote of 87-13 and the U.S. House of Representatives on December 12, 2018 with a vote of 369-47, and was signed into law on December 20, 2018.

Background

Courtney grew up in Colgate, Wisconsin and was valedictorian of Germantown High School. She attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and earned a Bachelor of Arts in History, with a minor in Biology. She earned her Juris Doctorate from St. Thomas University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. During law school, Courtney interned for Keith Stroup at NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. She is currently licensed to practice law in Oregon, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.

After moving to Oregon in 2011, she practiced criminal defense with a focus on medical marijuana patient defense. During her practice she appealed a county court’s decision on behalf of her medical patient client and the State of Oregon conceded that hashish is medical marijuana.

In the spring of 2013, she completed the world’s first industrial hemp university course, offered at Oregon State University.

In January 2014, Courtney graduated magna cum laude from Lewis and Clark Law School with a Master of Laws in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, with an emphasis in Industrial Hemp Law. During her LL.M. program, Courtney participated in and provided legal support for AOSIS at the United Nations FCCC COP 19 in Warsaw, Poland.

Association Affiliations

Oregon State Bar Cannabis Law Section

Courtney currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Oregon State Bar Cannabis Law Section.

InterNational Cannabis Bar Association (INCBA)

In July 2018, Courtney was elected to the InterNational Cannabis Bar Association Board of Directors.

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)

Courtney also serves as Second Vice Chair on the national NORML Board of Directors and was elected as NORML’s Hemp Liaison.

Oregon Industrial Hemp Farmers Association (OIHFA)

She is a registered lobbyist for industrial hemp in Oregon on behalf of the Oregon Industrial Hemp Farmers Association. Courtney has testified on proposed industrial hemp legislation before multiple legislative committees, and state agencies including the Oregon Department of Agriculture, the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. She also serves as the OIHFA President.

Pacific Northwest Hemp Industries Association (PNW HIA)

In 2015, Courtney founded the non-profit Oregon Hemp Industries Association. In 2018, she co-founded the first regional HIA chapter, the Pacific Northwest Hemp Industries Association, merging the Oregon and Washington state HIA chapters, representing HIA members in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

She is currently the President of the PNW Hemp Industries Association.

OSU Master Gardener Volunteer

Courtney became a certified Oregon State University Master Gardener Volunteer in November 2016.

Other Board Affiliations

Courtney currently serves on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Hemp Farmers Association.

She also serves on the Board of Directors for Verified Life Cycle, a non-profit third-party verification for industrial hemp that uses a life cycle approach to analyze the quality and performance of hemp products, as well as on the Board of Directors for Friends of Hemp.

Courtney was also co-petitioner of the Relegalizing Industrial Hemp Project, a formal administrative rulemaking petition filed with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency in June 2016 to remove industrial hemp from the Controlled Substances Act.

Legislative Expertise/History

Oregon

As a registered lobbyist for industrial hemp in Oregon Courtney lobbies on behalf of the Oregon Industrial Hemp Farmers Association (OIHFA). Courtney has testified on proposed industrial hemp legislation before the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Liquor Control Commission, Oregon House of Representatives Committee on Rules, Oregon Joint Committee on Marijuana Legalization, Oregon House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Oregon Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, the Oregon Joint Committee on Marijuana Regulation, and the Oregon Senate Committee on Rules. During the 2016 Oregon Legislative Session, Courtney successfully lobbied for the passage of HB 4060, a bill that amended the Oregon industrial hemp statutes in a manner that protects agricultural interests, which passed the Oregon House with a vote of 54-4 and passed the Oregon Senate unanimously, with a vote of 25-0, and was signed into law on March 29, 2016. During the 2017 Legislative Session Courtney successfully lobbied for the passage of SB 1015, a bill that authorized the processing of industrial hemp by licensed marijuana processors in the state of Oregon, which passed the Oregon Senate with a vote of 26-3 and passed the Oregon House unanimously with a vote of 45-0, and was signed into law on June 29, 2017. During the 2018 Legislative Session Courtney successfully lobbied for the passage of HB 4089, providing additional support for Oregon’s hemp program and authorized Oregon State University to research hemp, which passed the Oregon House with a vote of 58-1 and passed the Oregon Senate unanimously with a vote of 29-0 and passed into law on April 13, 2018.

South Carolina

During the 2017 Legislative Session, Courtney authored and facilitated the passage of South Carolina industrial hemp legislation, H 3559, which provided for sustainable implementation of an industrial hemp program by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture. H 3559 passed the South Carolina House unanimously with a vote of 97-0 and the South Carolina Senate with a vote of 35-1, and was signed into law on May 10, 2017.

Wisconsin

During the Wisconsin 2017 Legislative Session Courtney provided foundational language for Wisconsin industrial hemp legislation, AB 147, AB 183 and SB 119 and testified before the Wisconsin Senate Committee on Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism. SB 119 passed the Wisconsin Legislature unanimously, and was signed into law on November 30, 2017.

Alaska

Also during the 2017-2018 Legislative Session, she provided strategic guidance in drafting Alaskan industrial hemp legislation SB 6 and HB 172 and testified before the Alaska Senate Resources Committee, Alaska Senate Judiciary Committee, Alaska Senate Finance Committee, Alaska House Judiciary Committee, and Alaska House Finance Committee. SB-6 passed the Alaska Legislature unanimously and was signed into law on April 12, 2018.

Missouri

During the 2018 Legislative Session, Courtney provided pivotal strategy in drafting Missouri industrial hemp legislation SB 547 and HB 2034 and testified before the Missouri Senate Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources Committee and the Missouri House Agriculture Policy Committee. HB 2034 passed the Missouri House with a vote of 141-4. SB 547 passed the Missouri Senate with a vote of 29-3. HB 2034 was signed into law on June 1, 2018.

Federal

Courtney worked closely with the offices of Senator Ron Wyden, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senator Rand Paul, and Senator Jeff Merkley in drafting the federal Hemp Farming Act of 2018 (S. 2667).  The full language of the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 was eventually included in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 federal Farm Bill) providing for full federal hemp legalization.  The 2018 federal Farm Bill passed the U.S. Senate on December 11, 2018 with a vote of 87-13 and the U.S. House of Representatives on December 12, 2018 with a vote of 369-47, and was signed into law on December 20, 2018.

International

She participated in the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem in April 2016 in New York City, New York.

On October 26, 2016 Courtney testified at El Seminario Internacional Perspectivas Legislativas Para La Regulaciόn de la Cannabis No Psicoactiva Para Su Uso Medicinal, Terapéutico e Industrial before the Senado de la República in Mexico City, Mexico.

Hemp Educator

She developed, organized and presented educational industrial hemp conferences during the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th Annual Hemp History Weeks.

In the Spring of 2015 Courtney’s article, Industrial Hemp: Canada Exports, United States Imports was published in the Fordham Environmental Law Review.

Courtney has presented Continuing Legal Education Courses on Cannabis Hemp Law, History and Policy at the 2016 NORML Aspen Legal Seminar in June 2016, at the 2017 NORML Key West Legal Seminar in December 2017, at the CanBar Association Cannabis Law Sessions in New Orleans in May 2018, at the Oregon State Bar Cannabis Law Section Luncheon in June 2018, and at the Michigan State Bar Marijuana Law Section Annual Conference in October 2018.