Joy Beckerman has been involved in the hemp movement for over a quarter of a century, and her extraordinary passion for this versatile, valuable crop is contagious! Joy is the Principal at Hemp Ace International, a Seattle-based consulting, legal support, and expert witness firm serving the global community; as well as the Director of Regulatory & Legal Affairs for Zilis, an international leader in superior quality hemp extract and CBD products; Co-Founder and Senior Advisor to Colorado Hemp Works, America's first post-prohibition hemp grain processing facility; as well as host of the popular podcast Hemp Barons. Among many non-profit leadership roles, Joy is a Director and the Vice President of Federal Lobbying of the U.S. Hemp Roundtable, wherein she also serves as Chair of the Federal Lobbying Committee; as well as Vice President of the U.S. Hemp Authority™, which created the first independent, third-party verified Certification Program for the hemp dietary supplement, food, and cosmetic industries. In addition to serving as an expert witness in both criminal and administrative matters, Joy is also The Seminar Group’s National Hemp Continuing Legal Education Program Chair. After excelling in paralegal studies and joining the hemp and medical/adult use Cannabis Movements in the spring of 1990, Joy opened the first hemp store in the State of New York, in Woodstock, in 1994. She also led her first 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.
While continuing her work in 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, regulations, standards, and ethics in the rapidly developing hemp industries. Joy is an internationally renowned public speaker, writer, and educator, instructing on hemp subjects from history, law/policy/regulations, farming/agronomy, infrastructure, hemp grain/oil, and cannabinoids, to permaculture, hempcrete, textiles, and the wide spectrum of hemp industries. In addition to conducting continuing legal education seminars for practicing attorneys, she has presented at numerous universities, colleges, symposiums and panels for more than two decades, speaks regularly at a variety of conferences, and frequently contributes to media coverage.
Joy officially formed Hemp Ace International in February of 2014. Permaculture and regenerative agriculture are the foundation of Joy’s mission, and they play a fundamental role in her work and purpose. As the Principal at Hemp Ace International, Joy provides expert witness, legal support, consulting, and educational professional services both domestic and foreign. Her world class presentations and instructional programs are enhanced by her global network of hemp agronomists, breeders, processors, manufacturers and experts. Joy is also an 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.
Joy received the Hemp Industries Association’s “2019 Lifetime Achievement” Award and “2014 National Hemp Activist of the Year” Award, as well as Seattle Hempfest’s “2016 Regional Cannabis Activist of the Year” Award. She works with lawmakers and regulators at the federal level and in multiple states as a grassroots activist and advocate, both proactively and upon request. Educated stewardship of the valuable, versatile hemp crop and industries is Joy’s calling and driving force.
Joy's Professional Memberships
& Leadership Positions
U.S. Hemp Roundtable
Vice President of Federal Lobbying, Board of Directors
Chair, Federal Lobbying Committee
U.S. Hemp Authority™
Vice President, Board of Directors
Hemp Industries Association®
Past President, National Board of Directors
2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
2014 National Activist of the Year Award Recipient
Hemp Grower Magazine
Editorial Advisory Board
World Ag Expo
Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance
Presenter, 2015, 2017 & 2019 Annual Conventions
Center for the Study of Cannabis & Social Policy
International Cannabis Health & Beauty Aids Producers Alliance
NORML Women of Washington
Joy in the Fall of 1995 at her historic
hemp store in Woodstock, NY
About Joy Beckerman & Hemp Ace International
Joy Beckerman, Principal
Professional Hemp Consulting, Legal Support, Expert Witness & Educational Services
Over 25 Years in the Hemp & Cannabis Movements
Experience ∙ Standards ∙ Ethics ∙ Accuracy