National Cannabis Industry Association

The National Cannabis Industry Association ( NCIA ) is an American non-profit organization based in the District of Columbia, with an additional office in Denver, Colorado. NCIA is the largest cannabis trade association in the US and the only organization is state-sanctioned cannabis-related businesses at the federal level. Its mission is “to promote the growth of a responsible and legitimate cannabis industry and work for a favorable social, economic and legal environment for that industry in the United States.” [1] The organization was founded in late 2010 and has been described as the “first national trade group for the cannabis industry” in the United States. [2] [3] [4]

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Hemp Industries Association

The Hemp Industries Association ( HIA ) is a non-profit trade group Representing hemp companies, Researchers and supporters in the United States and Canada. The group petitions for fair and equal treatment of industrial hemp. Since 1992, the HIA has been dedicated to education, industry development, and the accelerated expansion of supply and demand .

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European Industrial Hemp Association

The European Industrial Hemp Association ( EIHA ) is a consortium of the hemp-processing industry. It represents the common interest of industrial hemp farmers and producers, both nationally and on a European level. EIHA is the only consortium in the industrial hemp sector. This sector includes, inter alia, the use of hemp fibers , shavings, seeds and cannabinoids . Founded as an association for the European industry, a quarter of the EIHA’s members are based in countries outside the EU . [1]

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The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation

The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation (THCF) was founded in 1999 [1] by Paul Stanford in Portland, Oregon . To date THCF has been helped over 250,000 patients to obtain medical advice in the field of medical marijuana where THCF has clinics. [2] THCF is the largest chain of medical marijuana clinics in the US with clinics operating in 12 states. [3]

History of THCF

THCF has produced over 800 episodes of live TV programs from the Cannabis Common Sense TV show . [4] THCF is also the main sponsor of Hempstalk in Portland, Oregon which is celebrating their 11th anniversary as a yearly dedicated festival to promoting hemp and cannabis.

In 1991, THCF began publishing an online newspaper called Hemp News, [5] which is the oldest online publication still published today. [6] Hemp News is also printed in Spanish. [7]

THCF, along with The Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp (CHRC), Was Responsible for Placing Oregon’s Measure 80 to legalize hemp and marijuana on the ballot in 2012. Ballot Measure 80 received 47% of the Oregon vote [8] in November 2012.

In 2012, THCF helped Willie Nelson get his Oregon medical marijuana permit. THCF’s entourage provides their Oregon medical marijuana permits. [9] It was during this time that Nelson Stanford asked for the support of a proposed initiative to legalize marijuana in Oregon that was sponsored by THCF. Nelson appeared in a 30-second public service announcement in support of the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act ballot initiative. [9]

THCF’s Business

Since the year 1999, THCF has opened medical clinics in 12 states. [10] 250,000 patients have gone through medical marijuana. [11] THCF also has medical marijuana gardens in Oregon and Washington where marijuana production is legal, and the medicine from these gardens has won many awards at Cannabis Cup annual events. [1]

THCF’s Activism

On May 24, 2007 the DEA along with the Federal Government and federal prosecutor James Hagerty filed a subpoena for the medical records of 17 individuals, 14 of which were patients who had received medical marijuana permits from a THCF clinic. Eleven of the patients who were named in the subpoena were legally registered patients with the State of Oregon’s Department of Human Services medical marijuana program. The subpoena requested that the State of Oregon turn over the THCF patients’ private medical records to the government. [12] Eventually a federal judge sided with THCF and the State of Oregon and granted a motion to quash both subpoenas. “Absent a showing further Top of necessity and relevance, compliance with the subpoena Would significant impact State and medical privacyInterest and is unreasonable, “wrote Judge Robert H. Whaley of the US Eastern District Court of Washington. [12]


  1. ^ Jump up to:Dundas b , Zach (January 24, 2007). “Garden of Weedin ‘ ” . Willamette Week . Retrieved 21 September 2015 .
  2. Jump up^ Abney, Wes. “The Fighter” (September 2014). NW Leaf Magazine . Retrieved 27 September 2015 .
  3. Jump up^ KATU Communities Staff (September 19, 2012). “Salem to host cannabis tax act discussion on Sept. 28” . . Retrieved 27 September 2015 .
  4. Jump up^ King, Bonnie (January 14, 2011). “Oregon Marijuana Activists Make OCTA 2012 Official” . Salem News . Retrieved 21 September 2015 .
  5. Jump up^ “The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation (THCF)” . . . Retrieved 21 September 2015 .
  6. Jump up^ “Cannabis Expo” . Cannabis Expo . Retrieved 21 September 2015 .
  7. Jump up^ News, Hemp. “Hemp News printed in Spanish” . . Retrieved 24 January 2016 .
  8. Jump up^ Belville, Russ (October 29, 2013). “Oregon’s Inevitable Pot Legalization in 2014” . High Times . Retrieved 21 September 2015 .
  9. ^ Jump up to:b Crombie, Noelle (March 20, 2012). Willie Nelson throws his support behind proposed Oregon marijuana initiative . The Oregonian . Retrieved 21 September 2015 .
  10. Jump up^ Song, Anna (May 20, 2010). “How difficult is it to get a medical marijuana card?” . KATU News . Retrieved 21 September 2015 .
  11. Jump up^ Scott, Tristan (January 11, 2010). “Applying for relief: Missoula clinic helps patients fill out paperwork for medical marijuana” . Missoulian . Retrieved 21 September 2015 .
  12. ^ Jump up to:b Holden, Dominic (September 5, 2007). “US Court Rebukes DEA’s Attempt to Crack Medical Marijuana Records” . The Stranger . Retrieved 21 September 2015 .

International Hemp Building Association

The International Hemp Building Association ( IHBA ) [1] is the largest association in this sector. Members and partners of the association include architects , builders , consultants, designers , the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA), the Hemp Industries Association and manufacturers . A non-profit association founded in 2009 by director Steve Allin author and hemp building consultant, [2] [3] the association globally promotes and supports the production of all hempand their by-products in a sustainable and bio-regional manner. [4]

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