Cannabis Trade Associations: National, International and State-by-State

Cannabis Trade Associations are generally dedicated to supporting, improving, and protecting the industry. They can be a great resource to both established businesses and those researching the cannabis industry.

The majority of this list focuses on the cannabis trade associations in the United States, both national and state-specific. But, first we list the Canadian and European organizations. You can use the table of contents to navigate.

Canada Trade Organizations

  • The Retail Cannabis Council of BC (RCC-BC) advocates for private, provincially licensed cannabis retailers to government at all levels.
  • Cannabis Council of Canada – National organization of Canada’s licensed producers that pushes for all adult individuals to have access to sustainable cannabis.

Europe Trade Organizations

USA National Organizations

  • American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA) – The ACNA is a group that aims to educate nurses around the United States on the clinical and therapeutic benefits of cannabis.
  • Association of Cannabis Specialists (ACS) – Advocacy, networking, and education for physicians and other clinicians who specialize in cannabis medicine.
  • Americans for Safe Access (ASA) – Organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists and concerned citizens dedicated to improving the safety and ease of access to medical marijuana as well as working towards legalizing it on a federal level.
  • American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) – Known as “the voice of the herbal industry.” This long-standing organization works towards changing laws and educating the public on herbal products including cannabis.
  • American Medical Marijuana Physicians Association (AMMPA) – The AMMPA’s goal is to give physicians the help they need to legally and safely use medical marijuana for patients in need.
  • American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp (ATACH) – Is a 501(c)(6) trade organization, founded to promote the expansion, protection, and preservation of businesses engaged in the trade cannabis and hemp-based products.
  • The Cannabis Alliance – The Cannabis Alliance is an organization that is concerned with making the industry as “vital, ethical, and sustainable” as possible.
  • Cannabis Trade Federation (CTF) – A national coalition of businesses representing all aspects of the cannabis industry.
  • Hemp Industries Association (HIA) – Community that advocates and connects hemp companies and professionals. HIA is fighting to make hemp legal across the United States, supporting agricultural hemp production.
  • Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA) – Connects and advocates minority cannabis entrepreneurs, workers, and patients/ consumers.
  • National Association of Cannabis Businesses (NACB) – Large national organization of cannabis business owners and professionals. The NACB is working towards growing the cannabis industry while maintaining standards and supporting businesses.
  • National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) – Huge, 2,000 member-businesses and tens-of-thousands of cannabis professionals. NCIA’s movement is about safeguarding ensuring the cannabis industry remains responsible.
  • NORML – One of the most well-known cannabis advocacy groups. This organization has been focusing on marijuana law reform and decriminalization for more than 40 years.
  • Society of Cannabis Clinicians (SCC) – The SCC is dedicated to educating clinical health care workers physicians about medical cannabis.
  • Women Grow – This organization specifically focuses on supporting and empowering women in the cannabis industry.

Trade Organizations by State

Most often, your local trade organizations are the best source of networking and resources specific to your state. Beyond these, also have a look into your local chamber of commerce.




  • Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association (ACIA) – Advocates for laws, regulations, and public policies that foster a healthy, professional and accountable medical cannabis industry in Arkansas.



  • Marijuana Industry Group (MIG) – MIG represents the interests and advocates on behalf of the rapidly evolving needs of the regulated marijuana industry in Colorado.






New Jersey




  • Washington Cannabusiness Association (WACA) – Represents Washington’s licensed and regulated cannabis and hemp businesses, and advocates for the responsible adult use of cannabis.

Further Reading and Resources

Cannabis professionals and business owners have I missed an important resource? Please comment and let me know. Thanks!

Toni Allen
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