• USDA IFR Comment Deadline Extended to January 29, 2020!

    As requested by our founding principal and leading hemp expert Courtney N. Moran, LL.M., the USDA granted a 30 day extension to the US Domestic Hemp Production Program Interim Final Rule Comment Period. The new due date is January 29, 2020! As it is currently written, the USDA Interim Final Rule gives cause for concern for farmers and hemp-related businesses, as they put them directly at risk for being engaged in criminal activity. The rules also create challenging time lines for harvest and test facility requirements that could create bottlenecks and cause farmers to lose crops and profits. Lobbying efforts from Agricultural Hemp Solutions, led by Courtney Moran, have given…

  • Senators Wyden & Merkley Send Letter to USDA Secretary Purdue on Hemp IFR

    On November 20, 2019 Oregon hemp advocates Senator Wyden and Senator Merkley submitted a letter to USDA Secretary Purdue outlining concerns with the IFR, inconsistencies with legislative intent, and request particular fixes. “We appreciate USDA’s commitment to hemp producers across the United States, and are pleased by your efforts to grow and support domestic hemp production. Farmers in Oregon and across the country are on the precipice of an agricultural boom that, with the right regulatory framework, stands to boost rural economies in every corner of the country,” Oregon Senators Wyden & Merkley, letter to USDA 11/20/19 The letter made the following requests: Follow the Oregon model and extend the…

  • OSB Cannabis Law Section’s Northwest Cannabis Law Institute

    Join EARTH Law, LLC this September at the Oregon State Bar Cannabis Law Section’s inaugural Northwest Cannabis Law Institute in Bend, Oregon! Courtney Moran – Guest Speaker EARTH Law, LLC’s principal attorney and founder, Courtney N Moran, LL.M. will present Friday, September 20th at 2:15pm on hemp and interstate commerce issues. Northwest Cannabis Law Institute Friday & SaturdaySeptember 20-21, 2019Riverhouse on the Deschutes in Bend, Oregon. Download the complete flyer here. Hemp is finally legal! Since enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill, USDA, FDA, USPS, and other federal agencies have been focused on developing regulations and issuing guidance for domestic commercial hemp production, processing, transportation and sale. This presentation will…

  • Good Tilth Magazine Article Quotes Courtney Moran

    EARTH Law’s founding principal Courtney N. Moran, LL.M. featured for hemp expertise. In Good Tilth Magazine’s recent Summer 2019 online edition, journalist Margaret Waterbury presents “From Plant to Product; Processing hemp into CBD is a bottleneck for growers, for now.“ In this article, Waterbury writes extensively about the current hemp industry and quotes Courtney on the processing bottleneck many producers are currently facing. Please read this article in full to get a detailed picture of the hemp processing shortage in the US today. To see how this affects your company or business, Contact Us for an appointment.

  • Capital Press article features Courtney N. Moran, LL.M

    EARTH Law LLC founder and President of the Oregon Industrial Hemp Farmers Association (OIHFA) Courtney N. Moran, LL.M. is grateful to be featured in a recent publication on the hemp industry. Capital Press journalist George Plavin covered the Western US Hemp Conference in Portland, Oregon where Courtney was a keynote speaker on behalf of OIHFA. Plavin’s article titled, “Hemp Industry Awaits New USDA Rules“ was published August 20, 2019.

  • USPS New Mailability Policy on Cannabis & Hemp-Related Products

    Effective June 6, 2019USPS Publication 52 Revision: New Mailability Policy for Cannabis and Hemp-Related Products Mailing Hemp & CBD via USPS Since passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, the United States Postal Service has been inundated with request and inquiries regarding shipping cannabis and hemp-related products such as CBD concentrates and viable hemp seed. EARTH Law LLC’s founding principal Courtney N. Moran has been instrumental in the first precedents set in favor of interstate hemp shipping. Landmark cases such as RNF LLC vs USPS, in which judicial precedent was set in favor of the shipment of viable hemp seed, and KaB, LLC v USPS, MLB 18-39 have cleared the way…

  • Courtney Moran – Hemp Hero

    In honor of ten years of hemp advocacy, Hemp History Week has named EARTH Law LLC’s founding principal, Courtney N. Moran as one of their Favorite Hemp Heroes. A recent June 2019 article titled, “10 Years of Hemp Advocacy: the Stories of Our Favorite Hemp Heroes” highlights some of Courtney’s legal victories and special moments over her many years of hemp advocacy. Here are some highlights on Courtney’s advocacy from the article: Legal Victories Working to change hemp legislation in different states, Courtney Moran shares:“one of the most important moments in my hemp journey was the passage of Oregon HB 4060 (2016), the first bill I passed, which created one…

  • Federal Financial Regulators Respond to Senator Letters Advocating for Hemp Banking

    On April 2, 2019 Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Ron Wyden submitted four letters to key financial regulatory agencies in the United States. Three of the four agencies- the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and the Farm Credit Administration (FCA) – have responded to the Senators. The Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) The OCC replied to Senator Wyden that it is the “expectation that OCC-supervised banks will apply their established policies, procedures and practices to legal hemp farmers and producers.” Here is an excerpt from the OCC’s response letter: As your letter notes, the 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp…

  • Senators McConnell & Wyden Advocate for Hemp Banking

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) recently sent letters regarding hemp banking to four key United States finance regulators advocating for hemp banking. Letters requested guidance to ease any concerns banks and other financial institutions may have with providing services to hemp businesses. Financial Regulatory Bodies The following four financial regulatory bodies received letters. You can read them in there entirety here: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) The Federal Reserve System Farm Credit Administration (FCA) Here is a quote from the letter to OCC: One challenge facing the industry is the inability to access capital and traditional…

  • USPS Acceptance Guidelines – Sending CBD Products in the Mail

    The United States Postal System has provided acceptance criteria for mailing CBD products in the mail. These guidelines come after the 2018 Farm Bill, as well as Courtney Moran LL.M.’s recent victory with case KAB, LLC, in which the U.S. Postal Service cleared the way for the shipment of agricultural pilot program industrial hemp. Issuing such guidance further clarifies the pathway for lawful shipment of hemp, specifically CBD. Mailing CBD via USPS Here is an excerpt from the Acceptance Criteria as quoted from the BMA (Business Mail Acceptance) Advisory: Acceptance of Cannabidiol (CBD) Oil and Products Containing CBD, of March 4, 2019. “Any mailer who presents CBD oil or other…