Courtney N. Moran, LL.M., Founding Principal of EARTH Law, LLC and Chief Legislative Strategist for Agricultural Hemp Solutions, LLC is the leading expert on U.S. hemp law championing legal policy for sustainable Cannabis hemp agribusiness development. Courtney worked closely with the offices of Senator Ron Wyden and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in drafting and negotiating the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 (S. 2667), the language included in the 2018 federal Farm Bill, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, federally legalizing hemp.
She successfully litigated the landmark cases KaB, LLC v USPIS, MLB 18-39 (2018) and RNF, LLC v USPIS, MLB 18-113 (2018) establishing a precedent for the shipment of hemp, specifically hemp-derived CBD and viable hemp seeds, through the US Postal Service.
Courtney’s article, Industrial Hemp: Canada Exports, United States Imports was published by the Fordham Environmental Law Review.
She lobbies on behalf of the Oregon Industrial Hemp Farmers Association passing forward-thinking legislation protecting Oregon hemp agricultural interests. Courtney authored and strategically guided the passage and implementation of legislation establishing the hemp programs for the states of South Carolina, Wisconsin, Alaska, and Missouri. She has also influenced hemp policy development in numerous additional states.
Courtney is co-founder of Hemp for Our Future, a social initiative campaign that supports the production and donation of hemp-based materials, products, and foods to medical professionals and community organizations helping those impacted by Covid-19.
She currently serves as Second Vice-Chair on the national NORML Board of Directors, on the InterNational Cannabis Bar Association Board of Directors, on the Friends of Hemp Board of Directors, and on the Oregon State Bar Cannabis Law Section Executive Committee.
Courtney was voted by the HIA membership as the 2018 Hemp Industries Association Advocate of the Year. She was also awarded as Hemp History Week’s Leading Grassroots Advocate. Most recently Courtney was celebrated by Capital Press newspaper as the Western Innovator: Leading the ‘green rush’.