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The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is the only national trade organization that has embraced the cannabis industry as part of the herbal products marketplace, with all the advantages that experience provides. For the last 37 years, AHPA's mission has been to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products to ensure that consumers have informed access to a wide variety of herbal goods. And since 2010, we have been actively involved in the regulatory, legislative, and technical aspects of moving cannabis into the legal marketplace.

When an herb experiences explosive growth, it attracts players with both short and long term interest. Working to institute a level playing field can help ensure the cannabis market has a long future as a significant segment of the herb industry. For those companies intending to build long term, sustainable businesses, involvement in AHPA demonstrates that the responsible core of the industry is viewed by regulatory agencies and legislators as just that.

AHPA and Cannabis: Quick Facts

  • The indispensable support we’ve provided to companies trading in herbs for decades is vital to the cannabis market.
  • AHPA offers unmatched understanding of the FDA and its food and dietary supplement regulations, particularly pertaining to the hemp and CBD marketplace.
  • The collective resources available to AHPA members includes significant regulatory and legal compliance expertise to help you protect and grow your company.
  • AHPA’s active advocacy in the regulatory, legislative, education, and technical aspects of moving cannabis into the legal marketplace spans nearly a decade.
  • For 37 years, AHPA has been the only trade organization working exclusively with “herbs of commerce,” helping members bring products to market in a highly regulated environment.
  • The cannabis industry’s most influential companies and legal partners are AHPA members.

Committee Purpose

Address issues related to the safe use and responsible commerce of legally-marketed products derived from Cannabis species.

Committee Members

AHPA members include the most influential companies and legal partners working to ensure a stable, long-term cannabis industry. Whether you’re growing and harvesting, processing, manufacturing, testing or marketing, our expertise provides crucial support from seed to sale. If your goal is to grow a sustainable business, join our community to help shape the future of the cannabis marketplace.

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Membership is open to all AHPA members. Contact Jane Wilson to join the committee today!

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Guidance

Recommendations for Regulators

Committee Meeting Minutes and News

Meeting Minutes

November 9, 2018 Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the Cannabis Committee

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August 29, 2018 Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the Cannabis Committee

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March 8, 2018 Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the Cannabis Committee

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March 9, 2017 Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the Cannabis Committee

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Committee-Related News

Revised Hemp-CBD Status Report

How hemp and CBD companies are impacted by passage of the Farm Bill

Congress passed a Farm Bill in 2018 that included historic provisions to legalize hemp, the low THC cultivars of the Cannabis sativa L. species. This landmark legislation changes how hemp and hemp-derived products like cannabidiol (CBD) are regulated in the U.S. To help the herbal products industry understand the new regulatory landscape, AHPA has expanded this Status Report and to answer industry questions about the new legal landscape.

AHPA Hemp-CBD Supplement Congress

AHPA Hemp-CBD Supplement Congress

First event to focus on challenges and opportunities for marketing hemp and CBD in dietary supplement products

This unique, two-day Hemp-CBD Supplement Congress will provide critical information for companies navigating the rapidly evolving legal, regulatory and financial landscapes to manufacture and market dietary supplement products with hemp or hemp-derived ingredients including cannabidiol (CBD).
Sen. Wyden urges HHS-FDA to issue interim final rule for lawful use of CBD in food and dietary supplements

Sen. Wyden urges HHS-FDA to issue interim final rule for lawful use of CBD in food and dietary supplements

Sen. Wyden's request aligns with AHPA's hemp-CBD advocacy

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), a co-author of the hemp provisions included in the 2018 Farm Bill, sent letters to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Ned Sharpless and Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar urging the agencies to promptly create a regulatory pathway to use cannabidiol (CBD) as a food additive and as a dietary ingredient in dietary supplements.

Greenfield Grant for Cannabis & Hemp

Winner will be announced at the Marijuana Business Convention & Expo in Las Vegas

InstantGMP, Inc. in conjunction with the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA), and the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) are happy to announce the 2019 Greenfield Grant – the only contest in the cannabis, CBD, and hemp markets that helps companies become industry superstars. Crowning of the winner will be at the Marijuana Business Convention & Expo in Las Vegas.
More than 30 AHPA members and staff participate in the 2019 Day on the Hill

More than 30 AHPA members and staff participate in the 2019 Day on the Hill

AHPA partners with CRN, CHPA and UNPA to produce this unique advocacy opportunity

More than 30 AHPA member company executives—including company presidents, regulatory experts, and government relations executives—with a vested interest in legislative activity in Congress—flew in from across the nation, for a full day of networking and discussions with members of Congress and their staff. 

AHPA President Michael McGuffin urges FDA to use existing authority to create legal pathway for CBD products

AHPA President Michael McGuffin urges FDA to use existing authority to create legal pathway for CBD products

McGuffin recommends FDA issue interim final rule with an accelerated effective date

American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) President Michael McGuffin urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to use existing authority to quickly create a lawful pathway -- including considering issuing a interim final rule -- for marketing of cannabidiol (CBD)-containing supplements and foods at a public meeting held by FDA in Silver Spring, MD.
AHPA staff and members present at regulatory summit, USP, FDA-CFSAN and more

AHPA staff and members present at regulatory summit, USP, FDA-CFSAN and more

AHPA provides expertise in hemp-CBD, regulatory initiatives, pesticide residues, NDIs and food allergens

AHPA urges specificity in OEHHA review of scientific data on cannabis

Scientific review should be specific to route of consumption and part of the plant

In a letter to California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), AHPA strongly recommends that the office ensures that the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee (DARTIC) sufficiently differentiates between the parts of the cannabis plant and the route of exposure when it reviews scientific literature to determine if certain cannabis articles should be listed under Proposition 65 as causing reproductive toxicity.

AHPA adopts Guidance Policy on supplements and foods containing hemp and hemp-derived CBD

Supplements or foods that contain hemp or CBD should be manufactured in compliance with applicable federal regulations

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has adopted a new Guidance Policy for dietary supplement and food products that contain hemp and hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) to help ensure the industry complies with existing regulations.

AHPA Events at SupplySide West

Mandalay Bay Convention Center -- Las Vegas

Join AHPA for committee meetings, member reception and the Botanical Congress
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2019 Annual Fund Sponsors

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