Joy Beckerman

Joy Beckerman


Principal, Hemp Ace International

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Joy Beckerman is the Principal Industrial Hemp Specialist at Hemp Ace International, a New York-based consulting, legal support, expert witness, and brokerage firm serving the global community. She is the President of the Hemp Industries Association, founded in 1994 and sits on the National Board of Directors of NORML, founded in 1970. After opening the first hemp store in the State of New York in the early 1990’s, Joy served as Secretary to the Vermont Hemp Council upon passage of the inaugural Vermont hemp bill in 1996. In mid-1998, she commenced an extensive dual career as a compliance and complex civil litigation paralegal, supporting some of the West Coast’s most distinguished attorneys. Joy is an internationally respected voice, writer and renowned public speaker, instructing on hemp subjects from law and policy, history, agronomy, infrastructure, and cannabinoids to hempcrete, permaculture, and the wide spectrum of hemp industries. She has presented at continuing legal education seminars and at numerous colleges, universities, and conferences over the last nearly quarter of a century. Working directly with legislators and regulators, Joy assists with law- and policy-making as a grassroots activist.  She is the recipient of the Hemp Industries Association’s 2014 National Hemp Activist of the Year Award, and Seattle Hempfest’s 2016 Regional Cannabis Activist of the Year Award. You can learn more about Joy at


November 26, 2018
Breakout Session: (Moderator) Academic Panel - Hemp Research is Underway
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM • Center Ballroom