The Hemp Industries Association, a 501(c)(6) non-profit dedicated since 1994 to the education, equality, and expansion of industrial hemp, will hold its annual membership-only general meeting on November 2nd followed by the conference and tradeshow open to all on Saturday, November 3rd through Monday, November 5th in Los Angeles. Now in its 25th year, the HIACON convention will feature eight education tracks including: Retail & Market, Health, Product Innovation, Law & Policy, Standards & Regulations, Processing, Agronomy, and Plant Genetics. The highly-anticipated event, held at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport, will bring together over 400 attendees (cultivators, stakeholders, buyers), more than 55 speakers and industry thought leaders, and hemp and CBD-focused sponsors like this year’s presenting sponsor Charlotte’s Web, premier sponsor GenCanna as well as others like US Hemp Roundtable, CV Sciences, Hoban Law Group, Functional Remedies, Cannopy Corporation, Bija Hemp, Dr. Bronner’s, Made by Hemp, Bluebird Botanicals and KlerSun. It will also offer a vape lounge and gourmet hemp-infused foods during the Awards Dinner. In conjunction with allied organization, US Hemp Roundtable, HIA is also gearing up to reveal major accreditation news during the event.
The 4-day, appropriately themed, Charting the Course convention is set to kick off on Friday, November 2nd with its annual members-only general meeting. HIA members are actively involved in farming, processing, hemp research, product development, manufacturing, distribution, marketing, and education both nationally and internationally and have been leading the charge for now a quarter century. Following the annual general meeting, the event shall feature a Retail-focused Exhibit Hall Day on Saturday, November 3rd open to the public. The convention will continue exhibitions, keynotes and eight educational tracks Sunday through Monday, November 5th. Keynote topics range from regenerative agriculture, quality assurance for hemp derivatives and international market potential and mainstreaming beyond CBD. Other hot topic discussions include: hemp in space, the future of U.S. hemp, hemp genomics, expanded talks of the 2018 Farm Bill and a 25th anniversary panel.