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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 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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AHPA Members

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

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Learn more about the many benefits of AHPA membership and contact Amber Bennett to join today!

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Guidance

Recommendations for Regulators

Committee Meeting Minutes and News

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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USDA Hemp Production Program Listening Session

USDA Hemp Production Program Listening Session

A recording is now available

AHPA participated in the “2018 Farm Bill Listening Session on Domestic Hemp Production Program” conducted by the U.S.Department of Agriculture (USDA) on March 13, 2019. The event provided an opportunity for the agency to receive feedback directly from stakeholders regarding development of new regulations implementing the hemp provisions of the 2018 Farm Bill. The format allowed for registered participants to provide up to three minutes of public comment.
AHPA participates in AOAC Mid-Year Meeting

AHPA participates in AOAC Mid-Year Meeting

Chief Science Officer Holly Johnson, Ph.D., represents members at AOAC

AHPA Chief Science Officer Holly Johnson, Ph.D., represented member interests at the 9th Annual AOAC INTERNATIONAL Midyear Meeting and Analytical Solutions Forum held March 11-14 outside Washington, DC.
AHPA Member Reception at ExpoWest

AHPA Member Reception at ExpoWest

Our way of thanking members for all their invaluable contributions

AHPA Members and their friends attended the 2019 AHPA Member Reception at Natural Products Expo West. This event is AHPA's way of thanking members for all they do to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products.

AHPA President presents at SOHO Expo World of Hemp Forum

McGuffin provides overview of federal legal issues for hemp and hemp-derived products

AHPA President Michael McGuffin on Friday provided an overview of federal legal issues for hemp and hemp-derived products at the World of Hemp Forum held at the annual SOHO Expo in Orlando, FL.

November 9, 2018 Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the Cannabis Committee

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AHPA Chief Science Officer presents at Hemp Industries Association 25th Annual Conference

AHPA Chief Science Officer presents at Hemp Industries Association 25th Annual Conference

Dr. Johnson discusses quality standards for farmers, formulators, and finished product manufacturers

AHPA Chief Science Officer Dr. Holly Johnson discussed quality standards for hemp farmers, formulators, and finished product manufacturers at the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) 25th Annual Conference held Nov. 2-5 in Los Angeles.

Hemp industry leaders urge Farm Bill conferees to modify and support Farm Bill provision to legalize U.S. hemp farming

Provision to ban drug felons from participating in hemp production should be removed

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Leading hemp industry advocates collaborated to urge Farm Bill conferees to finalize and pass the Farm Bill to modify and support a provision that would legalize hemp farming in the U.S.

AHPA Chief Science Officer presents at Hemp and CBD Summit

Dr. Johnson urges industry to act as though it is already regulated

AHPA Chief Science Officer Holly Johnson, Ph.D., presented at the Natural Products Expo East Hemp and CBD Summit on Sept. 12 in Baltimore, Maryland. The summit was sponsored by AHPA member companies pioneering the hemp space, including CV Sciences and Charlotte’s Web by the Stanley Brothers.

August 29, 2018 Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the Cannabis Committee

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AHPA advocates for inclusion of the Hemp Production amendment in the 2018 Farm Bill

AHPA encourages Senate and House conferees to remove unnecessary restriction in conference

AHPA strongly supports inclusion of the provisions of the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 in the Farm Bill, as included in the version passed by the Senate on June 28, 2018, and notes that similar language is not included in the House version of this legislation (H.R. 2).
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2019 Annual Fund Sponsors

AHPA appreciates the support of its sponsors, but does not endorse, recommend, or provide a warranty for any sponsor company, its products or services. AHPA has no responsibility for any transaction entered into with any of these companies.