• Phone Consultations Available

    We understand that COVID-19 has disrupted your everyday life and we want you to know that we are here to offer you support during this challenging time. EARTH Law, LLC will remain open for business and Courtney N. Moran, LL.M. is available to provide phone consultations on the recent updates regarding the OR 2020 Session, USDA enforcement discretion guidance, Secretary Perdue’s testimony to Congress, and FDA’s report on CBD to Congress.  If we can provide guidance on any of these topics or anything else regarding your farm or business, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 541-632-3946 or info@earthlawllc.com. We are taking appropriate precautions including working remotely and practicing social distancing. We encourage everyone to do their part to keep themselves and our communities…

  • Employer Alert: Guidance for Employers on Coronavirus

    Oregon Secretary of State Bev Clarno and Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle have made a joint statement of guidance for employers regarding coronavirus. At EARTH Law, we believe this is valuable information for our clients and friends to be aware of. Here is the statement in its entirety: “Oregon Secretary of State Employer Alert: Guidance for employers on coronavirus Oregon Secretary of State sent this bulletin at 03/14/2020 11:20 AM PDT We wanted to offer some guidance on a few employment laws that you may have questions concerning coronavirus. As always, it is critically important to understand and adhere to state laws that protect both workers and businesses. The State of…

  • 2014 vs. 2018 Farm Bill – A Comparison

    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has created a very helpful infographic for understanding the new 2018 Farm Bill hemp policy. By comparing the 2014 Farm Bill to the 2018 Farm Bill, we can see how hemp law and policy has evolved. A detailed comparison is made between Producing Hemp under the 2018 Farm Bill (US Domestic Hemp Production Program) vs. Producing Hemp under the 2014 Farm Bill (Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Programs). State/Tribal Nation Requirements 2018 – Requires participating State/Tribal Nations to submit a production plan to USDA for approval that meets the requirements outlined in the Interim Final Rule published October 31, 2019 2014 – Does not…

  • FDA Report on CBD

    The US Food and Drug Administration has published a Report to the US House Committee on Appropriations and the US Senate Committee on Appropriations regarding Cannabidiol (CBD). This long awaited report provides many answers, and poses many more questions. We hope you find this information valuable. There is a link to the full FDA report at the bottom of the page. The FDA has also updated their website’s CBD Regulation page. “Enforcement Policy: FDA is currently evaluating issuance of a risk-based enforcement policy that would provide greater transparency and clarity regarding factors FDA intends to take into account in prioritizing enforcement decisions. Any enforcement policy would need to balance the…

  • Disposal of Non-Compliant Hemp Plants

    USDA Enforcement Discretion Update: DEA Provides Options for Labs, Disposal of Non-Compliant Hemp Plants WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2020 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the delay of enforcement of certain requirements under the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program. “Because currently there isn’t sufficient capacity in the United States for the testing and disposal of non-compliant hemp plants, USDA has worked hard to enable flexibility in the requirements in the Interim Final Rule for those issues,” — USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach. Under the new guidance, USDA will delay enforcement of the requirement for labs to be registered by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and…

  • Midwest Hemp Council Podcast Features Courtney N. Moran, LL.M

    Courtney N. Moran, LL.M., founding principal of EARTH Law LLC and Chief Strategist for lobbying firm Agricultural Hemp Solutions (AgHS) was recently “Midwest Hemp Council” audio podcast. She spoke about AgHS’s federal campaign (which recently kicked off!) to align federal legislation and USDA rulemaking with the needs of the domestic hemp industry. Listen to the Podcast Here We hope you enjoy listening to Courtney’s interview. We are proud she is a strong voice for our farmers and the industry! Feel free to reach out with questions or comments.

  • 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…

  • USDA Interim Final Rule Update & Guidance Documents

    The USDA released the US Domestic Hemp Production Program Interim Final Rule on October 31, 2019. You can read more about this rulemaking, as well as some important excerpts and definitions hand-picked by Courtney N. Moran, LL.M. here. USDA Guidance Documents USDA has published guidance on sampling, testing, and lab test results reporting to provide additional clarity to the ruling here: Sampling Guidance Testing Guidance Lab Test Results Report Guidance If you have any comments or feedback on these guidance documents, please be sure to share them with us! We can offer consultations for those who are interested in discussing how these rules affect specific businesses, products and hemp-related issues.

  • USDA Publishes Interim Final Rules For Domestic Hemp Production!

    On October 31, 2019 the USDA published the Interim Final Rules (IFR) for Establishment of a Domestic Hemp Production Program. Additionally, USDA released supporting documentation providing guidance on sampling, testing, and lab test result reporting. You can read the full USDA publication here. An update and additional USDA Guidance Documents can be found here. EARTH Law, LLC’s Courtney N. Moran, LL.M. has selected some excerpts and definitions from these rules that hemp farmers and processors may find significant: Excerpts & Definitions Excepts from USDA Interim Final Rules Below: Sampling and 15-Day Harvest Window State and Tribal plans must incorporate procedures for sampling and testing hemp to ensure the cannabis grown…