We are truly proud to announce that we have joined the highly respected and integrous HIA, the non-profit association who practically paved the way for all current American Hemp companies to be able to legally function in the domestic hemp market here at home. In 2004 the HIA successfully won a federal court case (2004: HIA vs. DEA – final verdict given by judge Betty Fletcher) that established the legal domestic sale of hemp products, and gave legal clarity to the distinction between hemp and marijuana, expressing and memorializing the fact that Hemp has never been scheduled by the DEA as a controlled substance, and naturally occurring cannabinoids found in hemp products are exempt from the THC and marijuana laws established in the Controlled Substance Act (CSA).
Judge Betty Fletcher wrote “[T]hey (DEA) cannot regulate naturally-occurring THC not contained within or derived from marijuana-i.e. non-psychoactive hemp is not included in Schedule I. The DEA has no authority to regulate drugs that are not scheduled, and it has not followed procedures required to schedule a substance. The DEA’s definition of “THC” contravenes the unambiguously expressed intent of Congress in the CSA and cannot be upheld.”
Due to the legal clarity brought about by the efforts of the HIA, companies like ours are able to function in America and offer the many different services that hemp companies do, and so we are truly honored and grateful to be officially affiliated with this group of exceptional people who are, as we are, constantly striving to make this world a better place.
The HIA’s stated mission is:
The mission of the HIA, a 501(c)(6) membership-based non-profit trade group, is to represent the interests of the hemp industry and to encourage the research and development of new products made from industrial hemp, low-THC oil seed and fiber varieties of Cannabis. The HIA and HIA Members:
- Educate the public about the exceptional attributes of hemp products.
- Facilitate the exchange of information and technology between hemp agriculturists, processors, manufacturers, distributors and retailers.
- Maintain and defend the integrity of hemp products.
- Advocate and support socially responsible and environmentally sound business practices.