From: The Richard Rose Report. Copyright 2020 Richard Rose, all rights assigned under

When I first read this Richard Rose Report, I was astonished and then, I think of all the seemingly weird communications that I’ve had with HIA – and now, it all makes sense! Be sure you may be very surprised to hear this as well – If you have questions – please direct them to Richard Rose he’s been hot on this trail for a while. Here at HempingtonPost we’re about Truth above all, and the truth is below!

The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) is behind some of the worst hemp laws in
the country, designed to block hemp while appearing to legalize it, in California
and Hawaii::
 bans CBD and use of flowers
 allowing only seed and fiber to be grown
 mandating certified cultivars even for latitudes where none exist
 no female-only (95% of today’s hemp), must include males
 grown only as densely-planted field style outdoors
 ornamental cultivation is prohibited
 culling or pruning and tending of individual plants is prohibited, and
 nothing planted until the Feds legalize
A more-restrictive hemp bill can’t be imagined, even if turning the pen over to the
cops. Yet, that’s exactly what the HIA got passed in California (SB 566), and tried
to get passed in Hawaii. It even has their name in it.
Sponsored by an Assemblyman with zero farms in his district of San Francisco, it
was written to prevent hemp pollination of downwind medical marijuana grows.
In 2006 the Governor vetoed AB 1147 in California, but SB 566 passed in 2013, a
year after Colorado legalized hemp. Then in 2016, AUMA contained virtually the
same provisions. A Republican in Hawaii introduced the same bill there.
This legislative history of hemp in California and Hawaii is profoundly
dysfunctional, and these bills literally have HIA’s name in it four times.

HIA Insolvent?

From: The Richard Rose Report. Copyright 2020 Richard Rose, all rights assigned under

The Hemp Industries Association (HIA), which I helped get on its feet in the 1990s, appears to be insolvent. Its state chapters are demanding dues owed to them, and a review of the finances. President Joy Beckerman was abruptly fired as President of HIA on March 19, and became a Director on the Board of U.S. Hemp Authority the next day. That organization has been accused of shady dealings as well.

This is just another chapter in HIA’s long history of hurting the hemp industry by mismanagement and lack of integrity, fooling courts and the public:

  • It wrote the worst hemp law ever in California, SB 566 in 2013, designed to appear to legalize while actually not, and banning CBD production
  • HIA killed off the birdseed market for hempseed in 1999
  • Then in 2001 DEA legalized 95% of the industry with no max THC but HIA sued to stop it, killing the hemp food market for years (and almost taking Canadian hemp with it)
  • In 2014 it tried to slow the expansion of CBD

Various people connected to HIA have long slandered, libeled, and defamed effective hemp pioneers and activists who don’t agree with its policies, or to help certain members. Since 2004 it appears it was protecting investments in Canadian hemp from U.S. hemp farmers, knowing that when legal Canada’s biggest customer would become its biggest competitor.

After threatening to sue HIA in August 2015, Beckerman was made its President and given its 2019 “Lifetime Achievement” award. She was quoted in Dope Magazine saying “We used to say it didn’t take any inputs, we used to shout it from the rooftops, ‘it doesn’t need this, it doesn’t need that,’ and frankly none of it was true!” Nevertheless, HIA’s latest initiative is an educational joint venture with a hemp media company.

HIA’s Hemp History Week appears largely abandoned this year, a shadow of the seed and soap promotion scheme it once was. Another HIA initiative capitalizing on today’s events is to highlight hemp companies in the 18th and 19th Centuries regarding their use of slaves, an unfortunate practice common in cotton, railroads, tobacco, and other labor-intensive endeavors.

For doing more damage to hemp than DEA could in its wildest dreams, HIA charges as much as $8,100 annually.

From: The Richard Rose Report. Copyright 2020 Richard Rose.

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