Movers and shakers from Arizona’s emerging hemp market have been welcomed to the very first main monthly conference of The Hemp Market Trade Association of Arizona (HITA-AZ) on Thursday, April 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Modern Grove Views at OdySea in the Desert, situated at < a href=" https://goo.gl/maps/xh6k8LS1qmN2" target= "_ blank" rel="
noopener noreferrer “> 9500 E. Via De Ventura in Scottsdale. The evening kicks off with networking and refreshments at 5 p.m., followed by “A Night with The Arizona Department of Agriculture” speaking engagement. The public is welcomed to take part in a Q&A session with the Department. Additional networking opportunities will resume after the discussion.
HITA’s recent formation could not have been timed more completely. In Dec 2018, the U.S. Congress passed the 2018 Farm Costs, which effectively took hemp, a species of the marijuana plant, off the list of illegal drugs. It also federally legislated the production of commercial hemp, which can be used to make whatever from natural food and CBD items to clothes and soap. According to the Hemp Company Journal’s State of Hemp 2018 Market Report, the U.S. hemp market is expected to reach $1.9 billion by 2022.
Sully Sullivan, Co-Founder and Executive Director of HITA, says the organization is dedicated to developing a strong, sustainable future for hemp in Arizona.
” Our events will attract the best and brightest operators, entrepreneur, federal government authorities, activists and neighborhood members from throughout the industry who take pleasure in learning from each other and exploring business chances in a casual environment,” Sullivan commented.
Other hemp experts who are welcomed to go to the April 11th meeting include hemp farmers, land owners, processors, operators, harvesters, nurseries, legal representatives, stakeholders, investors, screening laboratories and more.
Arizona’s hemp program is set up to start on Might 31st, 2019. Many Arizona medical cannabis market specialists and businesses are anticipated to participate in the new hemp industry.
This interactive and academic conference is open to the public. Tickets are $20 per person or $35 for two. To learn more go to hita-az.
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