To support the growth and development of all aspects of the industrial hemp industry.
We accomplish this by:
• Educating and informing the public about the health, environmental, and economic benefits of reviving an industry that has been prohibited for over seventy years;
• Building a community of individuals, businesses and organizations to facilitate the growth of the industry;
• Working collaboratively with industry, government officials, and the scientific community to create and implement industrial hemp standards, certifications and regulations.
We firmly believe that American industry is trending towards bio-sustainability and hemp plays a critical role in the establishment of a new economic paradigm. The National Hemp Association is dedicated to shifting the perception of hemp as being an alternative crop to a mainstream commodity.
We are a Colorado-based non-profit corporation created to encouraging trade and discourse among hemp professionals in Colorado. We were founded as a result of legislative activities that resulted in the passage of Colorado House Bill 12-1099 and Colorado Senate Bill 13-241. Subsequent to the passage of House Bill 12-1099, the industrial hemp pilot program demonstrated the ability of hemp cultivation to remove toxins from the soil. In addition, we are dedicated to the development of the domestic industrial hemp industry. This goal will be attained by coordinating legislation, agricultural organizations, farmers, processors, manufacturers, and retailers. The promotion of the industrial hemp industry is congruent with the desire to improve the environment through production and utilization of hemp farming and products. We see a direct relationship between the products we use and stewardship of the land.
We have developed close relationships with local and state government agencies to establish regulations that benefit the hemp industry across the nation. We provide a wealth of expertise in fields ranging from mining and agriculture to hemp materials processing and the latest developments pertaining to laws and regulations.
The Challenge and the Opportunity
Currently, the infrastructure to process raw hemp is almost non-existent throughout the United States. Currently we import hemp fiber, hurd, and hemp seeds for use in various industries ranging from health food to cosmetics and construction materials. The United States represents ninety percent of the worldwide market for hemp products which is roughly $620 million retail in the U.S. annually and has a track record of 10% growth per annum.
Facilitating the production and processing of hemp within the United States will create thousands of jobs and encourage investment in Colorado. Building the infrastructure to process and sustain this new industry will require considerable investment. Educating the public about hemp, its history and uses is very important as we lay the foundations of building and investing in a sustainable industry.
The Association represents:
- Hemp farmers, processors, manufacturers, start-up businesses, entrepreneurial endeavors, and retailers
- National and international industries which recognize the benefits of hemp as a versatile and ecologically-friendly material
We strive to build a viable industrial hemp economy by providing education about the benefits of hemp and providing expert consultation to producers and processors entering the hemp industry.