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 international, Canadian and European. You can use the table of contents to navigate.
International Trade Organizations
- International Cannabis Farmers Association (ICFA) – Committed to the empowerment of traditional Cannabis farmers through education, research, and advocacy.
- International Cannabis Association (TICA) – Aims to establish the world’s leading medical cannabis ecosystem, a collaboration with the Chinese Central and Provincial Governments.
- International Cannabis Bar Association (INCBA) – Their mission is to improve the level of legal service available to the cannabis industry and support cannabis attorneys.
Canada Trade Organizations
- Association of Canadian Cannabis Retailers (ACCRES) – ACCRES is a non-profit organization helping cannabis retailers in Canada.
- 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
- Cannabis Trades Association (CTA) – Formed to work with governments to create a legal and sustainable European Cannabis industry. Largest hemp and cannabis association by membership in the world.
- European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) – EIHA was founded in 2005, represents the common interests of hemp farmers, producers and traders.
- European Medicinal Cannabis Association (EUMCA) – focuses on the medical marijuana aspect of the cannabis industry.
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.
- Alaska Marijuana Industry Association (AMIA) – Networking and advocacy for cannabis businesses in Alaska.
- Arizona Cannabis Bar Association (ACBA) – Welcomes all Arizona-licensed attorneys in good standing with the State Bar of Arizona. This organization helps educate people on Cannabis laws in Arizona.
- Arizona Marijuana Industry Trade Association (MITA) – MITA is a team of cannabis professionals working together to improve the industry.
- Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association (ACIA) – Advocates for laws, regulations, and public policies that foster a healthy, professional and accountable medical cannabis industry in Arkansas.
- Cannabis Distribution Association (CDA) – Represents a diverse group of cannabis distributors throughout California. This organization helps distributers to make effective partnerships through networking.
- Coachella Valley Cannabis Alliance Network (CVCAN) – CVCAN is an outreach program based in Coachella Valley. Aims to create learning and networking opportunities to all members while improving the industry.
- Monterey County Cannabis Industry Association (MCCIA) – Advocates for the cannabis and hemp industry in Monterey County, California.
- Santa Anna Cannabis Association – Protects consumers and is the legal voice shaping the cannabis industry in Orange County.
- Southern California Trade Coalition (SCC) – Representing the cannabis industry’s needs in Southern California.
- United Cannabis Business Association (UCBA) – UCBA offers helpful information to businesses.
- Marijuana Industry Group (MIG) – MIG represents the interests and advocates on behalf of the rapidly evolving needs of the regulated marijuana industry in Colorado.
- Maryland Cannabis Industry Association (MDCIA) – Professional trade association that aims to represent and address the concerns of Maryland’s’ medical cannabis patients and law enforcement organizations.
- Maryland Wholesale Medical Cannabis Association (CANMD) – Represents medical cannabis growers and processors licensed by the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.
- Maryland Medical Dispensary Association (MDMDA) – Helps bring dispensaries together. professional trade association. Advocates for laws, regulations and public policies.
- Commonwealth Dispensary Association (CDA) – Provides advocacy and collaboration to its members.
- Massachusetts Cannabis Business Association (MassCBA) – Brings together entrepreneurs, related professionals, and allied organizations to broaden the cannabis industry.
- Missouri Cannabis Industry Association (MCIA) – Networking and advocacy for business people, entrepreneurs, and consumers.
- Missouri Cannabis Trade Association (MoCann Trade) – MoCann Trade is “the voice of trade for the Missouri medical cannabis industry.”
- Montana Cannabis Trade Association (MTCIA) – Member-driven and mission-based organization aimed at functional regulations.
- Las Vegas Medical Marijuana Association (LVMMA) – Working to promote the cannabis industry in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Nevada County Cannabis Alliance – This organization advocates for reasonable local policies and a fair county ordinance.
- Nevada Dispensary Association (NDA)-The NDA has countless resources for dispensary owners, employees, and customers.
- New Jersey CannaBusiness Association (NJCBA) – Promoting jobs and growth in a sustainable and responsible NJ cannabis industry.
- Oklahoma Cannabis Industry Association (OCIA) – The chamber of commerce for the cannabis industry in Oklahoma.
- Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) – OMMA offers education and resources regarding medical marijuana.
- Cascade Cannabis Association – Aims to unify and give voice to the legal cannabis community in central Oregon.
- Oregon Cannabis Association (OCA) – Largest cannabis trade association in Oregon. Facilitates networking events, educational workshops, and political representation.
- Oregon Retailers of Cannabis Association (ORCA) – Non-profit trade association that lobbies and advocates on behalf of the cannabis industry.
- 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
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