Cannabis Associations

Cannabis Associations are lobbying for sensible rules and regulations and supporting our members to succeed in cannabis businesses.

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Cannabis Associations

American Herbal Products Association – Founded in 1982, AHPA is the oldest non-profit organization specializing in service to the herbal industry. It is the voice of the herbal products industry and the recognized leader in representing the botanical trade. With more than 300 members, AHPA’s membership represents the finest growers, processors, manufacturers, and marketers of botanical and herbal products.

Americans for Safe Access – Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and Americans for Safe Access Foundation (ASAF) share the mission of ensuring safe and legal access to cannabis (marijuana) for therapeutic uses and research. ASA works with our grassroots base of over 50,000 members to effect change using public education and direct advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels. ASAF trains and educates patients, advocates, health care professionals, and other stakeholders. ASAF also provides direct legal support and uses impact litigation to protect and expand patients’ rights.

American Trade Association for Cannabis & Hemp (ATACH) – The American Trade Association for Cannabis & Hemp (“ATACH”) is a 501(c)(6) trade organization registered in Washington, DC, founded to promote the expansion, protection, and preservation of businesses engaged in the legal trade of industrial, medical, and recreational cannabis and hemp-based products.

Brazilian Association of Medicinal Cannabis PatientsBrazilian Association of Medicinal Cannabis Patients, is an initiative of patients (most of them kids), parents, and supporters from different cities of Brazil, and aims to promote, ensure, join, merge and expand the social inclusion and respect for human rights of medical cannabis patients. To promote healthy coexistence and acceptance of these patients in society, we developed a brand identity and a baby clothes collection that creates a culture of acceptance and autonomy, overcoming prejudice and discrimination, and helps to raise funds for the association.

Cannabinoid Industry AssociationThe CBD & Cannabinoid Industry Association (CBDIA) captures this ceaseless development and explosive growth as the industry’s leading trade association. We deliver essential resources so that those involved in the industry can share real-world knowledge and experiences. CBDIA nurtures and advances enduring success and awareness – no matter where you are in the industry.

Canadian Medical Cannabis Industry AssociationThe Canadian Medical Cannabis Industry Association (CMCIA) is Canada’s leading member-driven association for Licensed Producers (LPs) of medical cannabis. We represent over 50% of producers currently licensed under Health Canada’s Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, in force as of April 1, 2014.

Cannabis Beverage Association (CBA) – The Cannabis Beverage Association (CBA) was formed by cannabis industry leaders pushing the boundaries of consuming cannabis products. Through industry-leading best practices and policy reform, we intend to revolutionize how cannabis is consumed. The CBA provides a neutral forum where members regularly meet to discuss common issues and establish best practices that elevate the industry. In addition, the CBA serves as a liaison between the industry, government, and the public and provides a unified voice in legislative and regulatory matters. As the voice for the cannabis beverage industry, the CBA board includes legislative, scientific, technical, regulatory, legal, and communications experts who effectively represent the interests of members.

Cannabis Business Alliance – The Cannabis Alliance will work with all sectors of the medical marijuana industry to produce new industry self-regulation programs to demonstrate that credible, accountable, transparent self-regulation programs can work to advance the shared interests of patients, consumers, and establishments.

Cannabis Business Association – Cannabis Business Association, is committed to pursuing the interests of our executive members. Our work is aimed at trailblazing and bridging the gap between states as we brace for legalization. In addition, we ensure our partners are empowered by creating opportunities for individuals to join forces and lend their voices in the decision-making process.

Cannabis Certification Council – The Council is a non-profit standard holding body is a non-profit whose mission is to educate the industry and consumers about sustainable and quality practices. Through the Cannabis Sustainability Symposium, our #Whatsinmyweed campaign, Happy Plants! and another sustainability programming, plus now the Organically Grown Cannabis certification, the Council has become a leading advocate for sustainable and quality practices in the cannabis industry.

Cannabis Regulators Association – For years, cannabis regulators across the country have relied on each other to share institutional knowledge and lessons learned to help navigate the myriad of evolving policy and regulatory issues associated with legalizing and regulating cannabis. Often the first step for state and local jurisdictions weighing legalization is to seek out regulators from established markets and programs. However, there has never been an organization to facilitate these interactions or help stakeholders navigate the deluge of biased information and skewed data commonly presented as fact. CANNRA provides a much-needed forum for regulators to engage with each other to identify and develop best practices and model policies that safeguard public health and safety while promoting regulatory certainty for industry participants. CANNRA is a resource for policymakers, elected officials, researchers, and other stakeholders to engage with regulators from across the country and receive unbiased information and recommendations regarding the impact and implementation of cannabis policies. The association strives to create and promote harmony and standardization across jurisdictions that legalize and regulate cannabis. CANNRA also works to ensure federal officials benefit from the vast regulatory and implementation experiences of states across the nation to ensure any changes to federal law adequately address states’ needs and priorities.

Cannabis Trade Federation – Building a Responsible and Inclusive Industry. The Cannabis Trade Federation (CTF) is a national coalition of cannabis-related businesses representing all aspects of the industry, including cultivators, dispensaries, wholesalers, distributors, and ancillary businesses. CTF is focused on creating a professional, credible, and unified organization for the industry. Along with its member businesses, CTF will also build a dynamic network of associations and non-profits that share a vision of creating sensible cannabis policy, promoting social responsibility, and leading the future ongoing professionalization of a highly regulated and increasingly organized cannabis industry.

Hemp Industries Association– The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) is a non-profit trade group representing hemp companies, researchers, and supporters. We are at the forefront of the drive for fair and equal treatment of industrial hemp. Since 1992, the HIA has been dedicated to education, industry development, and the accelerated expansion of hemp world market supply and demand.

International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines aims to advance knowledge on cannabis, cannabinoids, the endocannabinoid system, and related topics, especially regarding their therapeutic potential.

Marijuana Policy Project (MPP)The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) is the number one organization in the U.S. dedicated to legalizing cannabis. We’ve passed 13 medical cannabis laws in the past 15 years, and we’ve run winning campaigns and legislative efforts in 11 of the 19 legalization states. No organization in the movement has changed as many cannabis laws, impacted as many patients and consumers, created as many new markets, or done more to end cannabis prohibition in the U.S. than MPP.

Medical Cannabis Clinicians SocietyThe Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society is a community of medical cannabis pioneers – the first prescribers of this treatment in the U.K. Led by the U.K.’s leading experts in this growing field; the MCCS is dedicated to bringing this safe, legal, and, above all, effective medicine to people living with chronic conditions. It’s our mission to ensure that UK-based clinicians have access to evidence, training, guidance, and support to enable them to prescribe medical cannabis to patients who are so desperate for this life-changing treatment. The Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society membership is open to specialist clinicians, GPs, Allied Health professionals, medical students, and international clinicians. As part of the U.K.’s leading group of medical cannabis experts, you’ll have access to the tools you need to help you make treatment decisions, increase your knowledge, and become as confident in prescribing medical cannabis as you are in prescribing first-line treatments. With the most respected medical cannabis clinicians in the country supporting you, you’ll be able to support your patients better.

Minority Cannabis Business Association – The Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA) is the first 501(c)(6) not-for-profit business league created specifically to progress the cannabis industry by increasing diversity. Our mission is to create equal access and economic empowerment for cannabis businesses, their patients, and the communities most affected by the war on drugs.

Minorities for Medical Cannabis – Minorities for Medical Marijuana, Inc. (M4MM) is a non-profit organization with corporate offices based in Orlando, Florida. The organization is structured as a 501c3 with a full Executive Team and Board of Directors who support the organization’s overall goals and strategic direction. The organization was established in May 2016 and currently has 27 state directors throughout the country, including a Northern California chapter based in Oakland. M4MM’s mission is to provide advocacy, outreach, research, and training related to business, social reform, public policy, and health /wellness in the cannabis industry.

National Association of Cannabis Businesses – The NACB is shaping the future of the cannabis industry through a community of industry experts and a verified network of the most innovative, professional, and trustworthy cannabis companies and brands. Together, we establish national standards and best practices to ensure consumer safety and business responsibility. In addition, our members function as a self-governing community, upholding the highest cannabis standards beyond the state and national levels. Members of the NACB recognize this is the best path to address the very real threat that the regulatory uncertainty facing cannabis poses to their future prosperity.

National Cannabis Industry Association – Founded in 2010, NCIA is the oldest, largest, and most influential trade association representing legal cannabis businesses. Our membership comprises hundreds of forward-thinking companies and tens of thousands of cannabis professionals from coast to coast. NCIA is leading the charge to protect the legal cannabis industry, defend our state laws, and advance federal policy reforms. Successful businesses join NCIA every day to become stronger, smarter, and more prosperous by working together to defend and expand the responsible cannabis industry.

National Hemp Association – The National Hemp Association, is dedicated to the re-birth of industrial hemp in America. We are a mission-driven non-profit that helps connect farmers, processors, manufacturers, researchers, investors, and policymakers to accelerate the growth of this important industry in the United States.

Native American Cannabis AllianceNACA is the first multinational sovereign alliance and largest source of cannabis cultivation capacity in the World. We bridge the fragmented supply chain by creating a collaborative and sustainable ecosystem for the benefit of tribal communities by activating indigenous farmers and underutilized agricultural assets. NACA operates a network of campuses located in Opportunity Zones that provide the transformational services indigenous farmers require to grow, process, manufacture, test, and facilitate the sale of high-quality cannabis (THC, CBD, and industrial hemp) production to buyers worldwide on the Everscore cannabis marketplace.

Organic Cannabis Association – The Organic Cannabis Association (OCA) is dedicated to creating and implementing rigorous organic standards for the production of legal cannabis, promoting quality industry professionals, and educating the public. As leaders in sustainable agriculture, we have spent years working with growers to advance socially responsible and environmentally sound business and cultivation practices. What goes into the plant – and ultimately into the consumer product no matter how far removed from plant form – requires the same thoughtfulness and careful consideration as what goes into our food, water, and air. Our work here is closely reflective of our mission and values; to provide farmers of the 21st Century with sustainable solutions to grow consciously.  With three states approving full recreational legalization and over twenty-five states already allowing medicinal cannabis, the time has come for a credible body to provide professional growers with the tools to produce high-quality, organic crops worthy of being held above others and the standards to tenably label their products as such. Let’s learn from the mistakes of industrial agriculture and grow something we can all be proud of. The OCA is a non-profit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible.

Resource Innovation Institute – Resource Innovation Institute (RII) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance resource efficiency to create a better cannabis future. Founded in 2016 in Portland, OR, the USA, RII’s Board of Directors includes the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a former Energy Policy Advisor to two Oregon governors, a former board member of the U.S. Green Building Council, and leading cannabis industry players. The organization has unique expertise in data, policy, and education related to cannabis energy use. Its Cannabis PowerScore benchmarking survey is backed by the world’s largest dataset on cannabis energy use. RII’s Technical Advisory Council is the leading multi-disciplinary body assessing the environmental impacts and best practices associated with cultivation resource issues. In 2018, RII advised the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on establishing the world’s first cannabis energy regulations, and it is now advising other governments. RII’s Efficient Yields cultivation workshops are the only grower-led, non-commercial venues to exchange resource-efficient cultivation best practices. RII is funded by utilities, foundations, governments, and the cannabis supply chain.

Cannabis Associations



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