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  • 23 Jul 2020 12:52 PM | Robert Hamm (Administrator)

    To: Colorado Department of Agriculture
    Commissioner, Ms. Kate Greenberg.
    Kate.greenberg@state.co.usDirector of Procurement, Mr. Daniel Huse daniel.huse@state.co.us

    Dear Colorado Department of Agriculture,

    I am contacting you in my capacity as President of the Hemp Industries Association (HIA), the nation’s oldest and largest hemp centric trade association, serving greater than 1400 members nationally, and a resident of Colorado, which leads the nation in hemp research and cultivation with over 99% of our planted acreage harvested (51,851 acres in 2019).

    As the foremost organization representing the interest of all sectors of the United States hemp economy, the HIA is dismayed that the Colorado Department of Agriculture would award a Hemp Center of Excellence contract to a group, the MPG Consulting, a consultancy firm for the marijuana industry. While MPG Consulting may be composed of skilled and accomplished professionals their expertise and experience has been narrowly focused on advising businesses on strategies to maximize profits within the marijuana industry. During the CHAMP stakeholder process, their lack of knowledge was evident as many discussion topics bordered on overly redundant regarding supply chain or regulatory issues that have been resolved years ago.

    While the U.S.hemp and marijuana industries share some overlap, they each serve significantly different markets and operate within divergent regulatory environments, requiring leadership with expertise distinct to their respective needs. Whoever runs Colorado's Hemp Center of Excellence must have a proven track record of the responsible regulation of hemp, a thorough understanding of the unique opportunities and issues distinct to hemp - from genetic research to testing to the wide variety of products and markets - and possess strong ties to the hemp community, public, private, not-for-profits and federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food & Drug Administration.

    Hemp is an agricultural crop providing real economic benefit to our farmers, and the state. Since the cultivation of this crop is managed by our Department of Agriculture and has different stakeholders, hemp must not be confused with marijuana. Marijuana is a Department of Revenue, Marijuana Enforcement Division, regulated product and subject to DEA. Agriculture commodities such as hemp, industrial products made from hemp, and the enormous variety of down-line products derived from hemp, involve different leaders, different agencies on state and federal levels and profoundly different markets, and are 100% legal federally. The US hemp industry encompasses products including food, fiber, construction materials, bioeconomy, sustainable agriculture and much more - none of which are true of marijuana. Hemp farmers do not want association with marijuana.

    Colorado, under the guidance of Governor Polis and Commissioner Kate Greenberg, should continue to show leadership in hemp cultivation, harvesting, processing, research and revenue. However, further conflating and confusing hemp and marijuana by awarding the Hemp Center of Excellence to a marijuana consultancy firm like MPG Consulting is a step in the wrong direction. We believe this confusion will limit long-term effectiveness of the Hemp Center for Excellence in serving the distinct needs of the hemp industry and agricultural sector. In fact, we worry that having a marijuana group provide a Center of Excellence proposal to USDA will jeopardize the approval as USDA is very hostile to marijuana.

    The HIA would like to support the hemp center of excellence, as part of our mission to advance the hemp economy and educate the market. We are an organization flush with the right resources needed to make a Center of Excellence for hemp a success. However, we see an inherent conflict and disconnect with awarding this contract to a group fundamentally connected to the marijuana industry, with no experience in the agriculture of hemp or experience in creation of hemp derived products.

    HIA extends an offer to suggest candidates who are proven leaders experienced in the hemp space and with expertise relevant to all aspects of the hemp industry to contribute to the success of the Hemp Center for Excellence. In fact, our members would value the opportunity to collaborate with you on any number of levels. Alternatively or in addition to any of these offers, while we understand the challenges, we recommend that you redo the proposal/awarding processes to rectify the appearance of any potential conflict of interest, and appropriately address the needs of a burgeoning hemp agricultural economy.

    Thank you for your assistance and responsiveness.

    Rick Trojan
    President, Hemp Industries Association


  • 02 Jul 2020 10:26 AM | Robert Hamm (Administrator)

    NASHVILLE - The Hemp Industries Association® (HIA®) announces the hiring of a new Executive Director, Jody McGinness. The position has been empty since the departure of Colleen K. Lanier at the end of 2019 after a 3-year period. 


    “It was an exhaustive process with nearly 100 very qualified applicants,” said HIA President Rick Trojan. “We wanted someone with a strong record of leadership when it comes to revamping non-profits, empowering diverse teams for success, and strategic planning and alignment. For nearly 3 decades HIA has been the leading voice in educating the public about the versatility and importance of hemp. We are excited to work with him as we continue our expansion and to craft new strategies to lead hemp into the future.”



        Jody McGinness

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    Jody McGinness comes to the Hemp Industries Association with greater than twenty years of experience in leading associations and membership organizations in the nonprofit sector. Most recently he served as the head of fundraising for the Marijuana Policy Project while that organization campaigned successfully to pass adult-use legalization legislation in Illinois and Vermont as well as engineering the passage of medical cannabis legalization in Utah. His passion for hemp is informed by personal experience, having witnessed family members directly harmed by prohibition, and he is inspired by the potential of the U.S. hemp industries to provide opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation to the benefit of all Americans. He makes his home just outside the nation’s capital, where he resides with his wife and three young children, and -in what free time he’s able to find- enjoys hiking in the beauty of nature, reading great books, and writing short fiction. 


    "I'm thrilled to be joining the HIA team at what is truly a pivotal moment for the association and the industry,” said McGinness. “It is truly exciting to have an opportunity to partner with such a dedicated and capable group of staff and volunteer leaders to help chart a course to delivering increased values to members across all sectors of the burgeoning hemp economy." 


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    ABOUT THE HEMP INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION


    Founded in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1994 by a group of hemp business owners and activists, The Hemp Industries Association® (HIA®) is a membership-based non-profit trade association. Its mission is to advance the hemp economy and educate the market for the benefit of our members, the public, and the planet. For more information please go to www.thehia.org



    Contacts

    Hannibal Creative

    Media Relations and Communications

    Robert Hamm - Robert@HannibalCreative.com



  • 01 Jul 2020 10:35 AM | Robert Hamm (Administrator)

    WASHINGTON – The National Industrial Hemp Council (NIHC) and The Hemp Industries Association® (HIA®)  announced today they’ve entered into an agreement to work together to explore the creation of a marketing checkoff program to promote hemp. 

     

    USDA checkoff programs seek to promote farm commodities and expand market opportunity for farmers, importers, and industry stakeholders. Funded through assessments on the produced commodity at the first point of sale; checkoff programs allow producers of commodities to pool resources for research, education, and promotion efforts that can expand sales and improve production efficiencies.  

     

    Currently, USDA Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) oversees 23 checkoff programs for various commodities ranging from cotton to pork to Christmas trees.  A study in 2018 by Texas A&M found that the existing 23 checkoffs had a return on investment for farmers and ranchers ranging from three to seventeen dollars in value that came back to the producers for every checkoff dollar invested. 

     

    “Today is another step forward in the right direction for hemp farmers and consumers of hemp-related products,” said Patrick Atagi, Board Chairman of the National Industrial Hemp Council. “A checkoff program further legitimizes a rapidly growing industry and will help hemp farmers compete on a level playing field with producers of other agricultural-related commodities.”

     

    “The HIA continues to focus on building the hemp economy and bringing industries together, beginning with hemp farming,” said Rick Trojan, President of The Hemp Industries Association. “This first-of-its-kind agreement with NIHC creates a focus on gathering data and distributing education as hemp cultivation expands nationally.  It's through these types of collaborations that we learn together and establish a solid foundation for hemp today, and over the next decade.”

     

    The production of hemp was made legal by the 2018 Farm Bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump. The passage of that landmark legislation legalizing hemp and the commodity later being removed from the list of controlled substances has seen industry revenues continue to grow. 

     

    In 2020, the USDA estimates that hemp producers will increase sales by $25.5 million. The Department expects sales to increase to $64.5 million in 2021 and to top $100 million in the year 2022. 

     

    The NIHC and HIA expect to form a working group with representatives from across the industry that would discuss the details of how a hemp checkoff would be structured and operate.  The effort of the working group would guide the development of a proposal to submit to the USDA that will include an industry analysis; justification for the program; program objectives; and the impact on small businesses.

     

    For media inquiries to the NIHC, please contact Larry Farnsworth of Gavel Public Affairs at lfarnsworth@gavelpa.com. For media inquiries to the HIA, please contact Robert Hamm of Hannibal Creative at robert@hannibalcreative.com.


    ABOUT THE HEMP INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION


    Founded in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1994 by a group of hemp business owners and activists, The Hemp Industries Association® (HIA®) is a membership-based non-profit trade association. Its mission is to advance the hemp economy and educate the market for the benefit of our members, the public, and the planet. For more information please go to www.thehia.org.


    ABOUT THE NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL HEMP COUNCIL:


    The National Industrial Hemp Council provides high-quality networking and resources for its members, from farm to consumer. Its leadership is composed of leading international, federal, state, private industry, and government professionals throughout the sector. The organization is dedicated to furthering market development, assisting members in entering the industry, and educating consumers on industrial hemp and its applications. For more information please go to www.hempindustrial.com.

    Contacts

    Hannibal Creative

    Media Relations and Communications

    Robert Hamm - Robert@HannibalCreative.com


  • 30 Jun 2020 1:01 PM | Robert Hamm (Administrator)

    Expands Board Expertise in Food Science and Content Creation

    NASHVILLE - The Hemp Industries Association® (HIA®) announces the appointment of two new board members. Tim Gordon, Chief Science Officer for Functional Remedies and Todd Runestad,  Senior Editor, Ingredients & Supplements at New Hope Network & Natural Products INSIDER.

    “Today is an exciting day for the HIA, as we welcome two well qualified Board Members,” said Rick Trojan, Hemp Industries Association President. “ Tim's vast experience in cannabis science and international business, coupled with Todd's knowledge and impact in the natural foods world,  provides new perspectives and brings new opportunities to our growing association.  The addition of these two on our already stellar board creates the foundation needed as hemp industries expand globally.”


    Tim Gordon is Chief Science Officer at Functional Remedies, the premiere full-spectrum hemp oil company.


    Tim has worked with Fortune 100 companies entering the global cannabis sector and has worked internationally establishing markets and relationships throughout the hemp industry. Bringing years of cannabis industry leadership, agricultural knowledge, and executive business management experience to his role within the hemp industry. 

    Tim oversees strategy and planning to include facilitating company activity in consulting, sales, agronomic practices, alliances and partners, and industry support. Tim is also working with global business partners, throughout Europe and Canada to create opportunities with-in the hemp industry. A long time farmer, researcher, and advocate for a hemp economy, Tim has spoken on the subject matter at colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada. 

    “I am eager to start working with the HIA on their new strategies,” Said Gordon “I want to challenge the industry, regulators, and legislators to only work optimally with the focused intent of success for our industry. I want to prove the unequivocal power of hemp and the many solutions it provides -- and I know the Hemp Industries Association is the right place to do it.”


    Todd Runestad is currently the Ingredients Editor as well as Dietary Supplements editor for NewHope.com.


    Todd Runestad is a multimedia content virtuoso. Storyteller extraordinaire. Fluent in the range of media platforms including magazines, web, app, video, webinars, podcasts, conferences, newsletters, social. Past editor for Nutrition Science News starting in 1997. Science Editor for Functional Foods & Nutraceuticals starting in 2002. Editor-in-chief of Functional Ingredients 2007-13. Currently ingredients editor as well as dietary supplements editor for newhope.com. These are all titles owned by New Hope Network. Also, senior editor for NaturalProductsInsider.com and Nutrition Business Journal. Conference content provider at Natural Products Expo and Supply Side trade shows. All these titles are now owned by Informa—based in the U.K., which operates trade shows and ancillary businesses in 70 countries. 

    He provides education and insights about nutritional ingredients, raw material suppliers, brand manufacturers, nutritional product innovations, retailer merchandising issues, and other nutritional Zeitgeist.  

    “I’ve been covering hemp CBD for the last few years—writing stories, organizing conferences, speaking at events, basically dropping everything and embracing hemp, like so many others in the dietary supplements business these days.” Said Runestad “I’ve admired the Hemp Industries Association since the day they defeated the DEA in court in 2004. That’s bona fide. It’s been exciting to see them quickly evolve lately to meet and serve the interests of everybody working with hemp. It could be the biggest natural product in the history of natural products—and it could disrupt every industry currently beholden to petroleum. I’m only too happy to help keep the momentum going serving on the board of the oldest .org in the hemp world.”  


    ABOUT THE HEMP INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION

    Founded in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1994 by a group of hemp business owners and activists, The Hemp Industries Association® (HIA®) is a membership-based non-profit trade association. Its mission is to advance the hemp economy and educate the market for the benefit of our members, the public, and the planet. For more information please go to www.thehia.org

    Contacts

    Hannibal Creative

    Media Relations and Communications

    Robert Hamm - Robert@HannibalCreative.com


  • 28 May 2020 10:00 AM | Robert Hamm (Administrator)


    Denver CO, May 28, 2020Hemp Industry Daily, the leading B2B news source and event producer for the hemp industry and Hemp Industries Association (HIA), the largest membership-based non-profit trade association announce partnership.


    As the exclusive media partner to HIA, Hemp Industry Daily will offer exclusive educational content and informational resources to their membership base, including a unique quarterly report with extensive industry data, and member discounts to events, such as virtual Hemp Industry Daily Conference Direct(June 29-July 1, 2020) and MJBizCon (December 2-4, 2020). 


    HIA will host the Hemp Industry Professionals Meetup at the forthcoming virtual Hemp Industry Daily Conference Direct, June 30.


    Hemp Industry Daily’s mission to serve the industry with exceptional content and world-class events will align perfectly with the Hemp Industries Association’s goal to advance the hemp economy and educate the market for the benefit of its members, the public, and the planet,” said Shannon Shuman, Vice President Hemp Industry Daily. “I am thrilled to tie the knot between the two leading authorities serving the hemp industry, with a shared goal of increasing HIA membership, and Hemp Industry Daily readership and event attendance.”


    “Partnership with Hemp Industries Daily fits well with our strategic focus on education, training and providing members access to industry data vital for making decisions. We're excited to engage more strategically, provide educational materials to membership before they're released to the public, and discounts to industry events. Furthermore, HIA provides access to our membership expertise -- home of the brightest and most experienced across hemp industries -- in furtherance of industry-wide education,” said Rick Trojan III, President of Hemp Industries Association.



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    Founded in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1994 by a group of hemp business owners and activists,The Hemp Industries Association® (HIA®) is a membership-based non-profit trade association. Its mission is to advance the hemp economy and educate the market for the benefit of our members, the public, and the planet. For more information please go towww.thehia.org.


    Hemp Industry Dailyis the leading B2B resource for the hemp industry. Founded in 2011, it is the most trusted independent publisher and event producer serving America's cannabis industry entrepreneurs, cultivators, and investors. Hemp Industry Daily’s sister publication, Marijuana Industry Daily, produces America's oldest and largest cannabis business trade show: MJBizCon in Las Vegas. The 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 events were each named to the Fastest 50 growing trade shows in North America by Trade Show Executive Magazine.


    Press Contacts:


    Tess Woods

    Hemp Industry Daily

    tessw@mjbizdaily.com


    Robert Hamm

    Hemp Industries Association

    Hannibal Creative

    Robert@HannibalCreative.com



  • 21 Apr 2020 11:29 AM | Ryann Hinch (Administrator)

    Focuses On New Executive Director Hunt and Expansion of State Chapters

    NASHVILLE - The Hemp Industries Association® (HIA®) announces the appointment of 4 board members. Association Vice President, Rick Trojan, is appointed Board President and former Association Treasurer & Hemp Farmer, Mike Lewis, is appointed Board Vice President. The Board appoints former Board Directors,  Annie Rouse as Secretary and Frank Robison as the Board Treasurer. 

    “The whole board is energized by the new appointees,” said Trojan “now our top priority is finding the right Executive Director to run the Day-to-Day operations for HIA®. We had over 100 amazing applicants before the February deadline and now we have the tough job of narrowing it down. It’s probably one of the most important decisions we will make this year and we want to get it right. We hope to have someone in place by the end of April.”

    The Association also announces the implementation of a new State Chapter Task Force. 

    “There is still so much to do on a state by state basis,” said HIA Membership Director and task force lead Sarah Gardner “Current chapters should be receiving more support from the national office and we need to build new chapters in every state. The new board leadership recognizes that to grow the hemp economy and support hemp professionals at every level we need a robust state by state strategy."   

    The HIA has the broadest and largest state chapter program specific to all things hemp in the country. Current Chapters include Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Lousiana, Nebraska, New York, Pacific Northwest, Tennessee, and Texas. There are 4 pending chapters: Connecticut, Michigan, New Jersey, and Wyoming.

    ABOUT THE HEMP INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION

    Founded in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1994 by a group of hemp business owners and activists, The Hemp Industries Association® (HIA®) is a membership-based non-profit trade association. Its mission is to advance the hemp economy and educate the market for the benefit of our members, the public, and the planet. For more information please go to www.thehia.org

    Contacts

    Hannibal Creative

    Media Relations and Communications

    Robert Hamm - Robert@HannibalCreative.com




         Rick Trojan, President

    __________________________________________________________________________

    Rick travels the globe educating on hemp cultivation, processing, manufacturing and distribution, visiting 6 continents in 2019 alone.  Rick’s Hemp Road Trip continues to educate and raise awareness of all hemp can do, while bringing together global innovators and leaders passionate on building hemp-based industries.


        Mike Lewis, Vice President

    __________________________________________________________________________

    In 2014, farmer Michael Lewis and some fellow Veterans were the first Americans legally permitted to farm hemp in the U.S. since its prohibition in the 1970s. Michael has received several honors/awards from Kentucky’s government including the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Office of the Governor. He also received the Wendell Berry New Agrarian Award.  Michael currently serves as the Director of the AgriAbility program at the University of Kentucky’s Agriculture and Natural Resources department.

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    Annie Rouse, Secretary

    __________________________________________________________________________

    Annie Rouse is a thought-leader in hemp education and the hemp supply chain with businesses spanning from farm to finished products including founding Overcome, a hemp products company, OP Innovates, a cannabinoid formulations company and Anavii Market, an online retailer for hemp products. She also advises for Greenman Gardens. 

    LinkedIn


    Frank Robison, Treasurer 

    __________________________________________________________________________

    Frank is a founder of RobisonPeyser Law. Frank has provided legal solutions to the hemp industries for 10-years. Frank is a licensed Customs Broker. He has masters’ degrees in tax, constitutional, international food, and entrepreneurial laws. Before his legal career, Frank was an entrepreneur and Peace Corps Volunteer. He speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and Chichewa.

    LinkedIn




  • 19 Mar 2020 12:01 PM | Anonymous

    The Association and Joy Beckerman Mutually Agree to Part Ways; The Association Will Focus on Post Hemp Prohibition Strategies

    NASHVILLE--The Hemp Industries Association® (HIA®) today announced that Joy Beckerman, President, will depart from the Association effective immediately. Association Vice President, Rick Trojan, will coordinate all presidential duties until a new president is elected. 

    Of the transition Trojan said: “Joy has been an immense asset to the HIA and the hemp industry in general. We are all grateful for her efforts and leadership. However, when she outlined her time constraints and many responsibilities with other organizations it became clear that the HIA needed a change; not only to ensure the cohesive execution of our upcoming initiatives but also so Joy can focus on her other endeavors.”

    Trojan continued: “The current board is enthusiastic about the upcoming strategies we will be deploying to bring more focus to the hemp industry and our members. Though we are post-prohibition, we still have many challenges ahead such as navigating banking regulations and the issues surrounding digital marketing for our members. In the coming months, more announcements will be made regarding the Association’s strategies to strengthen the hemp economy and educate the public about the many uses of our member’s products.”

    Association Treasurer & Hemp Farmer, Mike Lewis said: “Hemp farmers have a lot of opportunities in front of them but there are still policies that need to be written, standards to be introduced and education required to ensure compliance. This is an exciting and stressful time as farmers are still hurting as the industry grows. The HIA has a responsibility to help shape those standards and policies on behalf of our members. I am confident and excited about the HIA’s board’s commitment to support our members and lift our collective voices as we implement new strategies that will help us all lead hemp into the future we all imagine.”


    ABOUT THE HEMP INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION®

    Founded in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1994 by a group of hemp business owners and activists, The Hemp Industries Association® (HIA®) is a membership-based non-profit trade association. Its mission is to advance the hemp economy and educate the market for the benefit of our members, the public, and the planet. For more information please go to www.thehia.org

    Contacts

    Hannibal Creative - Media Relations and Communications

    Robert Hamm - Robert@HannibalCreative.com

  • 04 Mar 2020 5:31 PM | Anonymous

    With newly elected board members and new hires the HIA® ushers in 2020 with momentum

    PRESS RELEASE PDF

    VANCOUVER, Washington, February 27, 2020 -- The Hemp Industries Association® is pleased to announce the appointment of five new members to the association’s board of directors, effective immediately.

    “We're excited about the new directors that are joining the HIA board,” said sitting HIA board director, Annie Rouse. “The elections, combined with our standing and appointed board members, provide a diversity of talent covering the farming, equipment, processing and commercial sectors. This broad spectrum of talent will allow the HIA to service the upcoming challenges of the emerging industries.”

    Newly elected directors, Mike Lewis of Third Wave Farms, Joe Kirkpatrick of Kirkpatrick Farm LLC and President of the Tennessee Growers Coalition, and Andrew Bish of Bish Enterprises join the HIA Board alongside re-elected directors, Joy Beckerman of Hemp Ace International and Rick Trojan of the Hemp Road Trip.

    “This is a tremendous opportunity to share the wealth of information coming from Tennessee growers, processors, and retailers,” said newly elected director, Joe Kirkpatrick. “We’ve built the best regulatory environment on the planet to grow and consume hemp, and we want to share it with the rest of humanity. Hemp is a transcendent commodity. It is a market-driven solution for almost all environmental and nutritional problems we face today.”

    The HIA Board of Directors will meet at their upcoming Strategic Annual Retreat to elect new executive leadership including President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary, as all seats are currently up for re-election.

    “This is a new day for the oldest and largest hemp industries association,” said re-elected board director, Rick Trojan. “Election of new leadership and staff positions make for an exciting time as the HIA makes the transition many of its industries are currently undertaking: cannabinoids, textiles, building material, food, and plastics. It is through focused engagement with our Membership and State Chapters that we continue to lead the hemp movement both domestically and internationally.”

    In addition to the appointments of new board directors, the HIA welcomes Sarah Gardner as the new Membership Director. Gardner has been a member of the HIA for the last three years through her positions as B2B Sales Manager for a Colorado-based CBD manufacturer, as well as Director of CBD for Colorado-based hemp food and CBD manufacturer before joining the HIA staff in January.

    Continuing their strong momentum into 2020, the HIA is currently reviewing the resumes of nearly 100 qualified and impressive applicants to be the association’s newest Executive Director. This appointment will mark their fourth Executive Director hire in 27 years.

    It is the Board’s intention to secure an experienced trade association executive, poised to position the HIA as the premier trade association for all things hemp. Given recent federal legalization, pushback from the FDA, the inclusion of the DEA in USDA Interim Final Rules, and general noise and misinformation across state lines, the need for a strong HIA is greater than ever. The HIA is excited to address the challenges associated with its various industries to help move the country forward with hemp.

    For more information, visitwww.thehia.org.
    For interviews with HIA leadership, contact Ryann Hinch at:
    ryann@thehia.org.

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    About the Hemp Industries Association®

    Hemp Industries Association® (HIA®) is a 501(c)(6), membership-based, non-profit organization that works to advance the hemp economy and educate the market for the benefit of members, the public, and the planet. Since its founding in 1994, The HIA has worked tirelessly for its 1,500-plus members to expand and protect the sale and marketing of hemp products. The culmination of that work was the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, which officially redefined hemp as an agricultural commodity and removed it from the purview of the Controlled Substances Act, thereby paving the way for a massive expansion of the market and positioning hemp producers to be a global economic force.

    For more information, visit www.thehia.org.
    For interviews with HIA leadership, contact Ryann Hinch at:
    ryann@thehia.org.

  • 03 Sep 2019 3:00 PM | Anonymous

    HIA members offering hemp-derived CBD products can power their business strategies with consumer-driven market intelligence

    PRESS RELEASE PDF

    Phoenix, Ariz. and Centennial, Colo. – September 04, 2019 – The Hemp Industries Association® (HIA®), a non-profit trade association consisting of more than 1,600 members, and ValidCare, the market intelligence leader for the canna-based product industry, announced a strategic partnership to connect CBD product manufacturers with consumer-driven CBD market intelligence, to help advance industry knowledge and support the growth, safety and efficacy of cannabis-derived products. The organizations are working together to lead the industry in encouraging collection and use of consumer experience data, which in turn will help inform ongoing product development efforts and address issues such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) request for more consumer data on cannabis-derived products.

    “HIA is pleased to team with ValidCare to bring more consumer-driven market intelligence data to our members,” said Colleen Keahey Lanier, CEO, Hemp Industries Association. “Trusted data is critical to our industry, starting with genetics all the way through product use. We want to address the need for greater insight and market intelligence directly from consumers. Our members need this data to make farming and business decisions, and regulators have asked our industry to provide more consumer-based information. ValidCare’s unique industry model allows our members and consumers to securely connect and share meaningful data to advance science, agriculture and industry.”

    Patrick McCarthy, CEO and founder of ValidCare added, “There is an immediate need in the industry to gather Real World Evidence from consumers using hemp-derived CBD products, and there’s a long term need for businesses to have good market intelligence data to help inform their product development and strategies. Working with HIA and its members holds the promise to exponentially increase the quantity of data available to manufacturers, regulators like the FDA, and even consumers, via our CBD+me app. Ultimately, through the CBD market intelligence solution, HIA members can capture ongoing insights from consumers, get closer to their customers and help de-risk product development.”

    To gather data directly from consumers using CBD products, ValidCare offers the CBD+me™ application for both Android and iOS devices. The platform is free to consumers and allows them to track their journey using CBD products, along with their health and wellness goals. Consumers create a profile for themselves or their loved one(s) and can track on an ongoing basis, building a cumulative timeline of effects.


    For CBD product manufacturers, ValidCare offers Seed to Outcomes™ Insights, delivering an unprecedented understanding of the cannabis-derived product industry, based on consumer demographics and ongoing experience data.

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    Hemp Industries Association

    Hemp Industries Association ® (HIA®) is a 501(c)(6), membership-based, non-profit organization that works to advance the hemp economy and educate the market for the benefit of members, the public, and the planet. Since its founding in 1994, The HIA has worked tirelessly for its 1,600-plus members to expand and protect the sale and marketing of hemp products. The culmination of that work was the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, which officially redefined hemp as an agricultural commodity and removed it from the purview of the Controlled Substances Act, thereby paving the way for a massive expansion of the market and positioning hemp producers to be a global economic force.For more information, visit www.thehia.org.


    About ValidCare

    ValidCare, LLC is the market intelligence platform for the cannabis-derived product industry, powered by real-time consumer experiences. Through the ValidCare community, participants including consumers, product suppliers, researchers, and providers, come together to study, educate, measure and document the consumer experience using canna-based products. ValidCare’s proprietary app (CBD+me™) supports ongoing two-way communication, combining self-reported consumer data with advanced machine learning to deliver aggregated insights that help improve product quality, consistency, effectiveness, and the adoption of industry standards. For more information, visit www.validcare.com or call 844-825-4322. 

  • 28 Aug 2019 1:33 PM | Anonymous

    The HIA® continues its Times Square campaign with “Stop Denying Hemp Banking!”

    PRESS RELEASE PDF

    PHOENIX, August 28, 2019 – The Hemp Industries Association® (HIA® ), in association with Hoban Law Group, Bluebird Botanicals, and Bish Enterprises, pushes forward on their national campaign aimed at addressing Facebook’s advertising policy that prohibits the marketing and promotion of industrial hemp to an even bigger objective. Now, they’re taking aim at the financial sector and law enforcement nationwide.

    In May, the HIA launched its “Hemp is Legal” campaign aimed at pressuring Facebook to implement an advertising policy change starting with a digital call to action in Times Square that reads: “Facebook: Stop Censoring Hemp.” Facebook has since issued policy updates including an announcement eliminating the restriction on CBD topicals on their marketing platform. Now, the HIA draws attention to another critical challenge facing hemp entrepreneurs – discrimination from financial institutions and law enforcement.

    “We must continue to promote the HempisLegal.org website as an education campaign and resource,” said HIA Executive Director, Colleen Keahey Lanier. “We cannot continue to allow law enforcement and financial institutions to draw incorrect conclusions about the legal hemp industries. It is a huge disruption to the legal hemp industries nationwide, including hemp farmers and businesses.”

    According to Federal law, states should not prohibit the transport of hemp across state lines. Yet commercial drivers continue to be stopped and arrested by police who cannot distinguish the crop from Federally illegal marijuana. Even hemp-derived CBD vendors have found themselves victims of police raids, with owners being arrested and charged for the felony distribution of marijuana. The only way to correctly identify hemp from marijuana is to test and measure tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and most police departments are not currently equipped with the technology required to do so on the spot.

    “We need the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to come out with uniform testing standards for law enforcement, which right now do not exist,” said President and Founder of Hoban Law Group, Bob Hoban. “Most of the seizures we've seen in the last three to six months have all been because of testing problems and testing protocols, not because the plants were really marijuana.”

    Additionally, Hoban insists that United States Federal law enforcement and the USDA have a responsibility to educate law enforcement across the country regarding the hemp industry.

    “It would be nice if Federal law enforcement and the USDA put on police training or seminars to discuss the basis for the industrial hemp industry, and that this is different from marijuana, and that people are not trying to use industrial hemp to sell marijuana products because it just doesn't work that way,” Hoban said. “There's a robust enough marijuana market that's legal, commercial and regulated, that nobody in the hemp industry has any economic incentive to do anything in the marijuana side of the industry.”

    Hemp contains less than 0.3 percent THC, which is non-intoxicating and is legal under the U.S. Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946. Current field tests used by law enforcement only test for the presence of THC, with no indication of the amount, and even drug-sniffing dogs will alert on both plants. However, law enforcement is not the only issue the hemp industry still faces.

    “In order to make hemp a true rotational crop in the U.S. and provide an alternative commodity, it is imperative that farmers and producers have adequate access to financing through normal banking channels,” said COO of Bish Enterprises, Andrew Bish.

    Despite the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, in which hemp was redefined as an agricultural commodity, explicitly removing it from the purview of the Controlled Substances Act and the jurisdiction of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal banks and financial regulators have yet to provide clear direction to prevent banking discrimination toward the legal hemp industry. This lack of clarity leaves banks uncertain about whether they can legally provide services to industrial hemp businesses.

    “Hemp is taking over as the nation’s greatest agricultural commodity,” said CEO of Bluebird Botanicals, Brandon Beatty. “It’s downright silly that while the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp on the federal level, U.S. banks still can’t see the writing on the wall. We are hopeful that our partnership with the HIA to bring awareness to this issue helps open up the dialogue to ensure hemp companies have the same access to banking as any other agricultural industry.”

    For more information about the campaign, visit:www.HempIsLegal.org

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    About the Hemp Industries Association ®

    Hemp Industries Association ® (HIA®) is a 501(c)(6), membership-based, non-profit organization that works to advance the hemp economy and educate the market for the benefit of members, the public, and the planet. Since its founding in 1994, The HIA has worked tirelessly for its 1,600-plus members to expand and protect the sale and marketing of hemp products. The culmination of that work was the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, which officially redefined hemp as an agricultural commodity and removed it from the purview of the Controlled Substances Act, thereby paving the way for a massive expansion of the market and positioning hemp producers to be a global economic force.

    For more information, visitwww.thehia.org

    For interviews with HIA leadership, contact Robert Hamm at Robert@theHIA.org


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