Hemp Industry Assoc names executive director, partners with industrial hemp group

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After a months-long search with nearly 100 qualified candidates, the national hemp association selected McGinness, a veteran association executive in the non-profit sector.   HIA names executive director, partners with industrial hemp group on marketing checkoff effort   The Hemp Industries Association has named former marijuana activist Jody McGinness as its new executive director. One project McGinness will help manage is a partnership with the National Industrial Hemp Council to explore the creation of a national hemp marketing checkoff, an agreement the two associations announced Wednesday. The executive director role has been vacant since the departure of Colleen Lanier at the end of 2019.

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The Hemp Industries Association has named former marijuana activist Jody McGinness as its new executive director.

After a months-long search with nearly 100 qualified candidates, the national hemp association selected McGinness, a veteran association executive in the non-profit sector.

McGinness last served as the head of fundraising for the Marijuana Policy Project, which advocates for  the legalization of adult-use high-THC cannabis.

He added HIA is looking forward to working with McGinness as the association expands and crafts new strategies to lead the hemp industry.“We wanted someone with a strong record of leadership when it...

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