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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 (Supplement Advisory Group)

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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 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.

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).
AHPA Presents at Canna West 2018

AHPA Presents at Canna West 2018

AHPA Chief Science Officer Dr. Johnson highlights AHPA resources for the cannabis industry

AHPA Chief Science Officer Holly Johnson, Ph.D., participated in a panel discussion yesterday on testing and labeling standards for cannabis products to increase product safety and decrease producers’ liability at Canna West 2018 held in Los Angeles.

AHPA endorses the Hemp Farming Act of 2018

AHPA Board adopts policy to support any state or federal efforts to decriminalize hemp

AHPA is endorsing federal legislation recently introduced to decriminalize hemp and the AHPA Board of Trustees has adopted a policy for the association to support any future state or federal legislation to decriminalize the plant and all its derivatives.

AHPA recommends CBD not be scheduled under any international drug control convention

AHPA submits comments to FDA to inform participation in WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence

AHPA submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday to stress that cannabidiol (CBD) requires no international drug scheduling as an individual substance and encourage the U.S. to support this position.

American Herbal Products Association and ASTM International Sign MOU on Cannabis Standards

Groups will work together on standards for the cannabis industry

Global standards organization ASTM International and the American Herbal Products Association announced a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on standards for the cannabis industry. The news comes in advance of the first meeting of ASTM International’s new cannabis committee, June 11 and 12.

AHPA endorses CARERS and Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Acts

Bills would help more consumers benefit from the medicinal properties of cannabis

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has endorsed the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act (CARERS Act) (H.R. 1538, S. 683), with the exception of the provision to reschedule marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act.

Method for the Analysis of Cannabinoids and Terpenes in Cannabis

Cannabis Alert

This research presents an optimized and validated method for the analysis of both terpenes and cannabinoids in cannabis from a single sample preparation.

AHPA Cannabis Committee submits comments on proposed state marijuana regulations for Alaska

Cannabis Alert

AHPA Cannabis Committee submitted comments on June 19 in response to the Alaskan Alcoholic Beverage Control Board / Marijuana Control Board's May 19, 2015, Proposed Regulations

Cannabis oversight recommendations for regulators

Oversight framework promotes best practices for cannabis production and distribution from seed to consumption

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has published recommendations for regulators to address issues related to the safe use and responsible commerce of legally-marketed products derived from Cannabis species.
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