Organizations around the world are joining together to form an international association to defend the interests of the hemp industry.
The new body, which has yet to be named, will work to set the industry’s development priorities and formally represent hemp stakeholders to global intergovernmental agencies, with the primary goal of getting hemp phased out. and hemp extracts from the 1961 United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, said Daniel Kruse, president of the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) and one of the initiators of this global effort.
The group intends to collaborate with the World Health Organization, the United Nations Committee on Narcotic Drugs, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( FAO) on issues related to the agency’s Codex Alimentarius, internationally recognized standards for food production and safety.
The association will also work on environmental issues and represent the hemp industry on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which reports to the United Nations Environment Program and the World Meteorological Organization.
The new organization will act as “a representative of a diverse and robust hemp industry that benefits all stakeholders in the value chain,” according to a launch document that outlines the group’s mission.
“This international association can foster engagement in multilateral relations, advance the agenda of industry, statistical agendas, partnerships, trade and global regulation,” said Daniel Kruse. “It will improve engagement of the hemp industry and benefit everyone, globally and nationally, as a result. “
A wide range of issues and challenges could also be addressed by the new association, including the potential of hemp to mitigate climate change or its participation in sustainable development, Kruse said.
“There is a compelling need to develop a new international hemp organization to enable industries around the world to create a single voice,” said Ted Haney, president and CEO of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance, another of the key organizers. “The new organization will also create a place where players in the hemp industry can cooperate, coordinate, share information, advocate and co-create. “
Product and process standards, crop protection, standards for maximum chemical residue levels, seed registration standards and international standards for maximum THC levels for hemp flowers and finished products are among the many pressing issues identified by the initiative.
Kruse said the new global association also plans to create a parallel technical association that will publish an international hemp research journal and create a peer review network. This would fill a current gap, which is that research on hemp and its multiple applications is not compiled in an exhaustive manner, Kruse said.
“The organizations coming together to form this new global initiative are made up of some of the most experienced and high-level professionals in the industry,” said Lorenzo Rolim da Silva, president of the Latin American Industrial Hemp Association.
“Our goal is to create a world where hemp is truly integrated into multiple other industries and agriculture all over the world,” said Rolim da Silva.
“We look forward to joining this visionary mission to consolidate and strengthen cooperation for the development of the hemp industry globally,” said Anar Artur of the Mongolian Hemp Association. “Mongolian farmers and manufacturers are actively showing their interest and joining our local association. They are aware of the future of hemp. We welcome hemp entrepreneurs to Mongolia. “
The working group behind the project includes representatives of:
Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance; Mongolian Hemp Association; Australian Hemp Association; European Industrial Hemp Association; Hokkaido Industrial Hemp Association; China Hemp Alliance; Latin-American Industrial Hemp Association; Friends of Hemp (South Africa); Chamber of Industrial Hemp of Paraguay (CCIP); Uttarakhand Hemp Association (India); and Indian Industrial Hemp Association.
And for the United States: American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp; Texas Hemp Growers Association; Oregon Hemp Association; National Hemp Association; Hemp Industries Association; National Industrial Hemp Council; Kentucky Hemp Industries Association; Hemp Feed Coalition.