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Past, present and future of the Colorado Hemp Industry

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Happy Hemp History Week!

This week is a great time to look at the Hemp Industry; past, present, and future.

Colorado Hemp’s present and future are way more eventful than its past, so let’s dig in.

Today is the day to learn about the present state of Colorado’s hemp industry and the new Colorado Chapter of the Hemp Industries Association.

When you visit the COHIA website at thecohia.org you will find that their Mission is “to represent the interests of the hemp industry and to encourage the research and development of new products made from industrial hemp, low-THC oil seed and fiber varieties of Cannabis.”

So, how does an association represent the interests of its members, encourage research and development, and be an advocate for the interests of the members?

A good association looks inward to its membership, listening to them and learning about them to discover what they need and want.

An effective association represents the interests of its membership, bringing all the voices together and blending them into a cohesive message to be delivered to the world by one strong voice.

It’s all about communication, friends; communication in and communication out.

There is also tremendous value in all the communication that goes on within the association. Members network and support one another through the exchange of ideas and the sharing of information and expertise.

Let’s have a look at the specific goals that COHIA is set to achieve.

  • Give a voice to Hemp in Colorado from the farmer, to producer and into retail.
  • Become a grass roots, trade association for Industrial Hemp, which represents the will of its membership.
  • The national organizations are great advocates, but we need someone to focus on the needs of the Colorado Hemp industry.
  • Educate the public about the exceptional attributes of hemp products.
  • Facilitate the exchange of information and technology between hemp agronomists, researchers, processors, manufacturers, distributors and retailers.
  • Maintain and defend the integrity of hemp products.
  • Advocate and support socially responsible and environmentally sound business practices.

Communication leads to effective representation. That is why, through the Listening Tour, COHIA in engaging with “hempreneurs” from all facets of the industry to learn what policies they want to see COHIA tackle.

So, let’s get the Hemp History Week Celebration started with the COHIA Field Trip rolling from the Western Slope to the Front Range, north and south. Learn about it here on the COHIA Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ColoradoHIA/

Happy Hemp History Week!

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