The U.S. Hemp Industries Association (HIA) will have to elect another president after Joy Beckermansteps down. The association will hold the election at a summit that they plan for next month.
The announcement was released in a press release that announced that they had agreed to mutually part ways, according to the press. Beckerman was allegedly surprised by the announcement. Joy also runs the consultancy Hemp Ace International, serves as Vice President at U.S. Hemp Authority, and is Executive Vice President for the U.S. Hemp Roundtable.
“Joy has been an immense asset to the HIA and the hemp industry in general,” HIA Vice President Rick Trojan said in the release. “However, when she outlined her time constraints and many responsibilities with other organizations it became clear that the HIA needed a change.”
“Though we are post-prohibition, we still have many challenges ahead such as navigating banking regulations and the issues surrounding digital marketing for our members,” said Trojan, he is the standin for the association until they can elect a new president.
This isn’t the first major blow to the HIA’s leadership staff with Colleen Keahey Lanier leaving in 2019 after serving two years.