2019 was the first calendar year in which hemp was recognized as a federally legal agricultural crop and as such, our work to ensure the feasibility and success of our Member businesses is just beginning. Our Association diligently advocates for conducive federal policies in conjunction with ongoing consumer education.
We are operated by a small but mighty team of three full-time and one part-time staff members. As of February 2020, we serve almost 1,500 members which represents 100% growth since February 2018. Due to this growth and the important work that needs to be done, the HIA is seeking donations for the Association's General Fund.In addition to the needs of the Association, we are working to create a 501(c)3 organization, the Hemp Industries Foundation, as well as a Legal Defense Fund for the industries at-large. Donations dedicated to create these funds will go towards the legal setup and financial and operational needs of the fund's administration.
After 27 years of advocacy, we still have a lot of work to do. Your support is a big help. THANK YOU!