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PHOENIX, Ariz., Oct. 8, 2019 – The Hemp Industries Association® (HIA®) in association with presenting sponsor, GenCanna, announces five keynote speakers for its annual conference and tradeshow – HIACON – Nov. 1 -4, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Keynote speakers will present to registered attendees on the final day of HIACON before the conference’s awards luncheon, followed by four hemp-focused educational tracks.

HIA® brings the hemp industry’s top leaders and educators to Charlotte, North Carolina HIACON

Heather Pichelman is currently the Director of the Promotion and Economics Division of the USDA’s Specialty Crops Program. Pichelman acted as attorney-advisor to the Department of Justice, attorney-advisor to the United States Trade Representative, and assisted with drafting the 2012 Farm Bill language affecting USDA programs.

Michael McGuffin is serving his 20th consecutive term as President of the American Herbal Products Association. McGuffin is a leading expert on dietary supplement regulation and has been published in scholarly and scientific journals including the Food and Drug Law Journal and Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics. 

Jonathan Miller serves as General Counsel to the U.S. Hemp Roundtable, is the Member in Charge of the Frost Brown Todd law firm in Lexington, Kentucky, and the former Kentucky State Treasurer. Miller has emerged as one of the nation’s leading advocates for the legalization of industrial hemp.

Jillian Hishaw, author of “Don’t Bet the Farm on Medicaid,” and owner of Hishaw Law LLC, is also the founder and CEO of the non-profit F.A.R.M.S.; Family Agriculture Resource Management Services, dedicated to protecting small and family farmers while fighting hunger in their communities. Hishaw is an expert in agricultural law, civil rights and estate planning.

Blake Butler is a co-founder of HempX and HempXAsheville and Executive Director of the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Association. Butler is a partner of Adapt Public Relations in Asheville, North Carolina and has over 23 years of experience in communications, media relations, politics and fundraising.

HIACON’s keynote emcee is Joy Beckerman. Beckerman is the President of the Hemp Industries Association and sits on the National Board of Directors of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Beckerman is an internationally respected voice, writer and renowned public speaker on a spectrum of industrial hemp and cannabis movements.

“Our keynote presenters will cover the most pressing topics relevant to the opportunities and challenges facing the hemp industries today,” said HIA Executive Director, Colleen Keahey Lanier. “Our breakout track speakers and panelists will continue to dig deep on topics related to regulation, agricultural production, business and marketing, and cannabinoid science. We firmly believe in the benefit of knowledge and experience from herbal supplement pioneers and agricultural leaders.”

The HIA encourages both members and non-members to join the hemp industry’s top leaders and influencers at this year’s HIACON at The Westin Charlotte. Title sponsor CV Sciences and major sponsor Robison Law Group will join GenCanna to present on Sunday, November 3 at 10 a.m., and is open to the public. Potential attendees can register online at HIACON.org until October 25 or register on-site at the conference.

 For more information about HIACON or to register, visit: https://www.hiacon.org

About the Hemp Industries Association ®

Hemp Industries Association ® (HIA®) is a 501(c)(6), membership-based, non-profit organization that works to advance the hemp economy and educate the market for the benefit of members, the public, and the planet. Since its founding in 1994, The HIA has worked tirelessly for its 1,500-plus members to expand and protect the sale and marketing of hemp products. The culmination of that work was the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, which officially redefined hemp as an agricultural commodity and removed it from the purview of the Controlled Substances Act, thereby paving the way for a massive expansion of the market and positioning hemp producers to be a global economic force.

For more information, visit www.thehia.org

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