Joy Beckerman has been involved in the hemp industries for over a quarter century and her extraordinary passion for hemp is contagious! Joy is the Regulatory Officer & Industry Liaison for Elixinol, an international leader in hemp extracts; Founder & Principal at Hemp Ace International, a New York-based consulting, legal support and expert witness firm serving the global hemp community; as well as Co-Founder & Senior Advisor to Colorado Hemp Works, the Nation’s first post-prohibition hemp grain processing facility; and host of the popular podcast Hemp Barons. Joy is also President of the Hemp Industries Association®, founded in 1994, as well as Vice President of the U.S. Hemp Authority™ which created the first cGMP standards for the hemp dietary supplements, foods, and cosmetics; and Executive Vice President of the U.S. Hemp Roundtable. Joy works directly with lawmakers and regulators as a grassroots activist, both proactively and upon request.
After opening the first hemp store in the State of New York in the early 1990’s, Joy served as Secretary to the Vermont Hemp Council upon passage of the inaugural Vermont hemp bill in 1996. In mid-1998, she commenced an extensive dual career as a compliance and complex civil litigation paralegal, supporting some of the West Coast’s most distinguished attorneys. She is an internationally respected voice, writer and renowned public speaker on a spectrum of hemp industries subjects who has presented at continuing legal education seminars and at numerous colleges, universities, and conferences over the last nearly 30 years.