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About

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 nearly 40 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. 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 a decade.
  • For nearly 40 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.

Committee Chair

Asa Waldstein (Functional Remedies)

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Resources

Email Alerts

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Guidance

Recommendations for Regulators

Committee Meeting Minutes and News

Meeting Minutes

October 18, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the Cannabis Committee

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March 7, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the Cannabis Committee

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November 9, 2018 Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the Cannabis Committee

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Committee-Related News

AHPA Hemp-CBD Supplement Virtual Congress

AHPA Hemp-CBD Supplement Virtual Congress

August 27, 2020 -- Online

AHPA is presenting the second, annual Hemp-CBD Supplement Congress as a virtual event on August 27, 2020 to provide companies with an understanding of federal and state legal and regulatory obligations and current issues and opportunities in the hemp-CBD market. This event will deliver the latest information to you online. Don't miss out!

AHPA Hemp-CBD Status Report

Updated in April 2020 to cover recent FDA and USDA actions

To help the herbal products industry understand the evolving regulatory landscape for hemp and hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) products, AHPA has updated its free Hemp-CBD Status Report to include recent actions taken by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

AOAC Scientists Approve Official Method of Analysis for Cannabinoids in Hemp

AHPA Chief Science Officer Dr. Holly Johnson chairs CASP working group involved creating requirements for testing standard

The new validation and approval will allow laboratories to evaluate hemp for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) on a dry-weight basis, as described by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Interim Final Rule governing the production of hemp under the 2018 Agriculture Improvement Act, known as the Farm Bill.

Guidance on California Proposition 65 and Hemp Products

Revised April 2020

In January 2020, Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9 THC) was added to the Proposition 65 list as a chemical known to cause reproductive toxicity. While Δ9 THC is present at only trace levels in hemp products, companies marketing hemp products in California should evaluate whether a warning is needed for these products. Also of concern, are other chemicals on the Proposition 65 list that may be used in the cultivation and processing of hemp and marijuana, such as the pesticides myclobutanil and carbaryl, for which some cannabis businesses have received Proposition 65 notices.

Guidance on California Proposition 65 and Cannabis Products

Revised April 2020

Marijuana smoke was added to the Proposition 65 list in June 2009 as a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer. In January 2020, cannabis (marijuana) smoke and Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9 THC) were both added to the Proposition 65 list as chemicals known to cause reproductive toxicity. In addition to marijuana smoke and Δ9 THC, other chemicals on the Proposition 65 list that may be used in the cultivation and processing of cannabis, such as the pesticides myclobutanil and carbaryl, must be considered when cannabis businesses are determining compliance to this regulation.

AHPA sustainability resources

These resources are compiled to help members and the herbal industry on their sustainability journey

Resources included on this page are intended to assist our members on their sustainability journey and inclusion does not represent verification or endorsement by AHPA. If you feel there are resources missing or if something is included here that does not meet high sustainability standards, please let contact AHPA.
AHPA Cannabis Committee Celebrates a Decade of Industry Leadership

AHPA Cannabis Committee Celebrates a Decade of Industry Leadership

For 10 years AHPA’s Cannabis Committee has been actively involved in the regulatory, legislative, and technical aspects of moving cannabis (including hemp-CBD) into the legal marketplace

Silver Spring, MD – The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), the voice of the herbal products industry, celebrates the 10-year anniversary of its Cannabis Committee today. The Committee was established on March 10, 2010 to address issues related to the safe use and responsible commerce of legally-marketed products derived from Cannabis species, including hemp and hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD).

AHPA submits comments to USDA on domestic hemp production program

Significant room for improvement in the hemp production Interim Final Rule and the subsequent Final Rule

In comments submitted to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), AHPA requested numerous, significant revisions to the Interim Final Rule (IFR) that establishes a domestic hemp production program before a Final Rule is promulgated in 2021.

AHPA President Michael McGuffin participates in Hemp Industry Daily Forum at MJBizCon

Compliant hemp-CBD companies can learn much from the success of the herbal supplement industry

AHPA President Michael McGuffin presented with three other panelists in a session titled, “CBD Market Forecast: Feast or Famine” at the Hemp Industry Daily Forum during the MJBizCon in Las Vegas earlier this week.
AHPA President Michael McGuffin delivers keynote at 26th Annual Hemp Industries Association Conference (HIACON)

AHPA President Michael McGuffin delivers keynote at 26th Annual Hemp Industries Association Conference (HIACON)

McGuffin discusses opportunities and challenges for those marketing hemp-CBD as a dietary supplement

AHPA President Michael McGuffin discussed opportunities and challenges for companies marketing hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) in products labeled as dietary supplements at the 26th Annual Hemp Industries Association Conference (HIACON) held in Charlotte, NC this week.
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