Chief Attorney, Montana Department of Agriculture
Cort Jensen has been a Montana state attorney for 20 years working for the Departments of Justice (as the Head of the Consumer Protection Office), Administration, and (for the past 12 years) Agriculture—with contributions to hemp and THC cannabis since 2012. In addition to writing the rules a implemented the hemp laws in Montana, he has worked with the cannabis businesses as they navigate interactions with state and federal government including the USDA, DEA, FTC, FDA, EPA, and the Department of the Interior. He is also a lobbying for the Department on multiple cannabis bills. Mr. Jensen has helped to walk many banks through the process of approving hemp and CBD for ordinary banking. He is helping his state's cannabis businesses navigate with the realities of being a "normal" part of agriculture including how to deal with crop liens, commodity dealers licenses, state regulators, and operating loans. In addition to his work for the state, Mr. Jensen teaches Agriculture Law at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law and is a paid speaker on Law Topics ranging from debt collection, identity theft, bankruptcy, electronic discovery, food laws, to agricultural liens. Mr. Jensen previously served as President of the Public Law Section of the Montana Bar, and still serves today on the State Bar Technology Law Committee. He was awarded Governmental Agricultural Attorney of the Year in 2019 for his work in cannabis.