Joy's Professional Memberships
& Leadership Positions

Hemp Industries Association
Legal Analyst, Cannabinoids Committee
2014 National Hemp Activist of the Year Award Recipient

National Farmers Union / Northwest Farmers Union
Industrial Hemp Advisor
Presenter, 2015 & 2016 NWFU Annual Conventions

Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance
Presenter, 2015 Annual Conference

International Hemp Building Association

NW EcoBuilding Guild
Presenter, 2014 Annual Conference
Regular Presenter, Olympia Chapter

The Washington Cannabis Alliance

​Member, Policy Committee
Member, Regulatory Committee

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

Cannabis Women’s Alliance
Formally Honored Member & Speaker

International Hemp Building Association

NW EcoBuilding Guild
Presenter, 2014 Annual Conference
Regular Presenter, Olympia Chapter 

International Cannabis Health & Beauty Aids 
Producers Alliance

Advisory Board Member

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

NORML Women of Washington
Board Member
​Community Organizer

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

About Joy Beckerman & Hemp Ace International LLC

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 versatile crop is contagious! She is the Principal Consultant at Hemp Ace International and holds leadership positions in multiple hemp and marijuana organizations (see right). After excelling in paralegal studies and joining the industrial hemp and marijuana 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 Vermont 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 in Burlington.

In late 1998, Joy commenced an extensive dual career in compliance and complex civil litigation legal support, working with some of Seattle’s most distinguished attorneys at such firms as Dorsey & Whitney LLP and Lee Smart, P.S., Inc. In addition to working on the high-profile Enron and Exxon Valdez cases, Joy has been the Lead Paralegal for several multi-million dollar civil lawsuits, including the largest municipal securities fraud litigation in the history of the State of Washington. This vast professional experience well serves her entrepreneurship and roles as a respected voice and leader in shaping policy, standards, and ethics in the rapidly developing hemp industries and legal Cannabis markets. Joy is a renowned public speaker throughout North America, and conducts continuing legal education seminars for practicing attorneys. She has presented at numerous universities, conferences, symposiums and panels for more than two decades on both coasts.

Joy officially formed Hemp Ace International LLC in February of 2014. As the Principal at Hemp Ace International, Joy provides comprehensive industrial hemp and legal Cannabis market consulting, paralegal, networking and presentation services, both domestic and international. Joy brokers all things industrial hemp, including raw and processed fiber, building materials, textiles, cordage and yarns, apparel, paper, hempseed oil and bulk hemp food ingredients, derivatives, body care, and biocomposite fillers. In 2005, Joy was introduced to sustainable building and this deep interest and study led her to Hemp Technologies, builders of the first fully-permitted, zero VOC hempcrete homes in the U.S., for which she is the Lead Hempcrete 101 Workshop Instructor. For more information about Hemp Technologies Hempcrete 101 Workshops, go to Joy is also particularly thrilled and honored to be a part of the Cannabis Museum writing and production team. Click here to access a 2016 Newsweek article that discusses the Cannabis Museum.      

Joy received the Hemp Industries Association’s “2014 National Hemp Activist of the Year” Award and has been widely regarded for her outstanding work with the Washington State Legislature during the 2015-2016 legislative sessions, and in 2014 by way of educating Governor and the 147 Members of the Washington State Legislature with robust, multimedia Industrial Hemp Edu-Kits. Joy works directly with State and Federal legislators and policymakers, and has assisted multiple legislators (including from other States) with bill drafting upon request. 

Joy Beckerman, Principal

Industrial Hemp & Legal Cannabis Market Consulting & Professional Presentations