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Joy Beckerman is an internationally renowned hemp law and policy expert involved in the hemp industries 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 consulting, legal support, and expert witness firm serving the global community; as well as Director of Regulatory & Legal Affairs of Zilis, an international leader in hemp extract and CBD products; Co-Founder and Senior Advisor to Colorado Hemp Works, America’s first post-prohibition hemp grain processing facility; and host of the popular podcast Hemp Barons. Among many leadership roles, Joy is the U.S. Hemp Roundtable’s Vice President of Law & Science on behalf of Zilis, as well as The Seminar Group’s National Hemp Continuing Legal Education Program Chair.

After joining the hemp movement in 1990, Joy opened the first hemp store in New York state in 1994; and when the inaugural Vermont Hemp Bill passed in 1996, Joy relocated there with her family to serve as Secretary to the Vermont Hemp Council. After an extensive and successful dual career in compliance and complex civil litigation in Seattle, Joy founded Hemp Ace International in 2014. Joy works directly with lawmakers and regulators as a grassroots activist, both proactively and upon request.