Courtney N. Moran, LL.M.


Courtney N. Moran, LL.M.  Chief Legislative Strategist for Agricultural Hemp Solutions, LLC and founding principal of EARTH Law, LLC is the leading expert on U.S. agricultural hemp law championing legal policy for sustainable Cannabis hemp agribusiness development.

In Washington, D.C., 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 Farm Bill, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, federally legalizing hemp.

Courtney successfully litigated the landmark cases KaB, LLC v USPIS, MLB 18-39 (2018) and RNF, LLC v USPIS, MLB 18-113 (2018) establishing precedent for the shipment of hemp, specifically hemp-derived CBD and viable hemp seeds, through the US Postal Service.

She successfully lobbies for the Oregon Industrial Hemp Farmers Association passing legislation protecting Oregon hemp agricultural interests. She has also authored and strategically guided the passage and implementation of legislation establishing the hemp programs for the states of South CarolinaWisconsinAlaska, 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.

Courtney’s article, Industrial Hemp: Canada Exports, United States Imports was published by the Fordham Environmental Law Review. She participated in the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem in April 2016. In October 2016, Courtney testified before the Senado de la República in Mexico City, Mexico.

Courtney currently serves on the Oregon State Bar Cannabis Law Section Executive Committee, as Second Vice Chair on the national NORML Board of Directors, and on the Friends of Hemp Board of Directors. 

She is a former Board Member of the Hemp Industries Association (HIA), former President of the Oregon Hemp Industries Association, former President of the Pacific Northwest Hemp Industries Association, former Board Member of the South Carolina Hemp Farmers Association, and a former Board Member of the International Cannabis Bar Association.

Courtney was recognized by Oregon Leaf Magazine as “The Lawyer” representing the hemp industry. She 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. Courtney was also celebrated by Capital Press newspaper as the Western Innovator: Leading the ‘green rush’.