Hemp Industries Association

The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) is a non-profit trade group representing hemp companies, researchers and supporters in the United States and Canada. The group petitions for fair and equal treatment of industrial hemp. Since 1992, the HIA has been dedicated to education, industry development, and the accelerated expansion of hemp world market supply and demand.

The HIA was founded by cannabis activist and author Chris Conrad, who also served as the organization's first president.[1]

In 2010, the organization bought the diaries of Lyster Dewey and plans to display them to the public for the first time in many years.[2]


On October 9, 2001, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) posted an interpretive rule on its website declaring that all hempseed products containing any traces of THC would be considered seizable contraband, effectively criminalizing all hempseed products in the US.[3] After a period of public comment, the DEA filed the final proposed rule in the federal register on March 21, 2003. One week later, the HIA joined with the Organic Consumers Association and several companies which used hempseed in one or more products to file suit against the DEA rule going into effect.

On February 6, 2004, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously for the HIA, opining that the DEA did not have the authority under the federal Controlled Substances Act to ban an otherwise legal product because it might have traces of THC.[4] On September 28, 2004, the Supreme Court of the United States declined to hear the appeal, allowing the Ninth Circuit decision to stand.


  1. Conrad, Christopher P. M. (2013). "Curriculum Vitae as court-qualified expert witness". chrisconrad.com. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  2. Roig-Franzia, Manuel (May 13, 2010). "Hemp fans look toward Lyster Dewey's past, and the Pentagon, for higher ground". The Washington Post. Washington DC: WPC. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  3. "Information: Legal Cases: DEA Hemp Food Rules". Vote Hemp. 2014. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  4. "Hemp Industries Association USA LLC V. Drug Enforcement Administration". FindLaw. February 6, 2004. Retrieved May 25, 2015.

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