Joy's Professional Memberships
& Leadership Positions

Hemp Industries Association
Vice President, National Board of Directors
Founding President, Washington State Chapter
2014 National Activist of the Year Award Recipient

NORML: National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Board Member, National Board of Directors

National Farmers Union / Northwest Farmers Union
Presenter, 2015 NWFU Annual Convention

Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance
Presenter, 2015 Annual Convention
Presenter, 2017 Annual Convention

ASTM International
Member, D37 Committee on Cannabis

Center for the Study of Cannabis & Social Policy
​Advisory Board Member

​International Cannabis Health & Beauty Aids Producers Alliance
Advisory Board Member

NORML Women of Washington
Advisory Board Member​

Cannabis Women’s Alliance
Outstanding Contribution Award, 2016

​Marijuana Business Association
Advisory Board Member
Regular Presenter WA & OR, Industrial Hemp

International Hemp Building Association

Joy in the Fall of 1995 at her historic
​hemp store in Woodstock, NY

Experience    ∙   Standards   ∙   Ethics   ∙   Accuracy

About Joy Beckerman & Hemp Ace International

Joy Beckerman, Principal

Professional Industrial Hemp Consulting, Legal Support, Education, Presentations & Public Speaking

Over 25 Years in the Industrial Hemp & Cannabis Movements

Joy Beckerman has been involved in the industrial hemp movement for over a quarter of a century, and her extraordinary passion for this unique and valuable crop is contagious! She is the Principal Industrial Hemp Specialist at Hemp Ace International and sits on the National Boards of Directors of both the Hemp Industries Association (formed in 1994) wherein she is the Vice President, and NORML (the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, formed in 1970). After excelling in paralegal studies and joining the Cannabis Movements in the spring of 1990, Joy opened the first industrial hemp store in the State of New York, in Woodstock, in 1994. She also led her first Cannabis Legalization march and rally at that time. When the inaugural Vermont Hemp Bill passed in 1996, Joy relocated her family to Burlington to serve as Secretary to the Vermont Hemp Council. She assisted with the management of three Vermont Hemporium retail locations during that service while also achieving a 4.0 GPA as an English Major at the University of Vermont.

While continuing her work in industrial hemp, Joy commenced an extensive dual career in compliance and complex civil litigation legal support in late 1998, supporting some of the West Coast’s most distinguished attorneys at such firms as Dorsey & Whitney and Lee Smart. In addition to working on the high-profile Enron and Exxon Valdez cases against those corporations, Joy has been the Lead Paralegal for several multi-million dollar civil lawsuits, including the largest municipal securities fraud litigation in the history of Washington State. Her vast professional and hemp experience well serves her roles as an effective advisor and respected voice and leader in shaping law, policy, standards, and ethics in the rapidly developing hemp industries. Joy is a renowned public speaker, writer, and educator throughout North America, instructing on hemp subjects from history, law, farming, infrastructure, and cannabinoids to permaculture, hempcrete, and the wide spectrum of hemp industries. In addition to conducting continuing legal education seminars for licensed, practicing attorneys, she has presented at numerous universities, colleges, symposiums and panels for more than two decades, speaks regularly at industrial hemp and Cannabis industry conferences, and frequently contributes to media coverage. Joy is also a Guest Lecturer at Seattle University School of Law and Oregon State University

Joy officially formed Hemp Ace International in February of 2014. As the Principal at Hemp Ace International, Joy provides professional industrial hemp legal support, consulting, expert witness, education, presentation, and networking services, both domestic and international. Her world class instructional programs are enhanced by her global network of industrial hemp agronomists, breeders, processors, manufacturers and experts. Permaculture and regenerative agriculture are the foundation of Joy’s mission, and they play a fundamental role in everything she does and presents. She is a wholesale industrial hemp broker, including raw and processed fiber, bulk food ingredients, building materials, textiles, rope/cordage/twine/yarns, apparel, paper, body care, and biocomposite/bioresin components. Joy is also the North American Hempcrete 101 Workshop Instructor for Hemp Technologies, builders of the first fully-permitted, zero VOC hempcrete homes in the U.S.; and she is vastly honored to be a part of the Cannabis Museum’s writing and production team (2016 Newsweek article).

Joy received the Hemp Industries Association’s “2014 National Hemp Activist of the Year” Award and Seattle Hempfest’s “2016 Regional Cannabis Activist of the Year” Award, and is widely regarded for her outstanding work with various state legislatures and state departments of agriculture. Educated stewardship of the valuable, versatile, sustainable industrial hemp crop and industries is Joy’s calling and driving force.