The HIA: Over 25 years of fighting for the hemp industries

We are proud to be the PNW regional chapter for the Hemp Industries Association (HIA), a non-profit trade organization that has been championing the U.S. hemp industries for over 25 years.

Since its inception in 1994, the HIA has won significant victories on behalf of the hemp industries, including two lawsuits against the DEA that gained certain protections for the hemp food and hemp flower extract product categories. The HIA formed Vote Hemp and, more recently, the U.S. Hemp Roundtable to focus on legislative action at the state and federal levels, which included the drafting and passing of both the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills that federally legalized hemp research and full commercial production, respectively. The HIA helped form the U.S. Hemp Authority, a self-regulatory organization (SRO) to help the industry ensure products are safe and consistent as we wait for the FDA on further guidelines and regulations. As we also await full implementation by the USDA of the hemp provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill, the HIA is pushing for full and expedient access to federal agriculture programs such as crop insurance and grants.

In addition, the HIA organizes an annual public campaign called Hemp History Week, joining forces with retailers across the country to promote hemp products and increase sales.

Members receive discounts to networking events and are also entered into the HIA’s public member directory for potential partners and customers to find.

As we move forward, the HIA continues to find new ways to provide value to its members, such as potentially implementing a legal defense fund, offering protection from misguided and illegal attempts by authorities to interfere with legitimate hemp businesses, as well as a nationwide campaign called Hemp is Legal targeted at social media companies like Facebook shutting down legal hemp-related pages and advertisements.

Kris Plunkett