National Hemp Association

The National Hemp Association (NHA) is the leading non-profit association dedicated to the rebirth of hemp as a major crop and industry in America. They are a mission-driven organization that helps connect farmers, processors, manufacturers, researchers, investors and policy makers to accelerate the growth of this important industry in the United States.

Founder and President of Bluebird Botanicals, Brandon Beatty, now serves as a Technical Advisor to the National Hemp Association. Bluebird Botanicals and the NHA have also decided to partner in various ways, including working to fully legalize hemp at the federal level and have it completely removed from the Controlled Substances Act.

*Friends of Bluebird Botanicals can receive a yearly membership with the National Hemp Association at a special discounted rate by going to this NHA page.

Industrial Hemp Research Foundation


Our mission at the Industrial Hemp Research Foundation (IHRF), a Colorado based 501(c)3 non-profit, is dedicated to initiating and supporting industrial hemp research programs at institutions of higher learning and education in Colorado. We aim to increase the body of knowledge and raise public awareness of the many known and potential applications of industrial hemp to improve living standards, create jobs, safeguard the environment and enhance the quality of life for all people.

The founder and president of Bluebird Botanicals, Brandon J. Beatty, is a co-founder and served as Treasurer and Director of the IHRF. The rest of the executive committee consists of other experienced industry and academic veterans who all have one thing in common — the vested passion for returning Industrial Hemp as a viable and tradeable commodity in the United States. In addition to Brandon, the IHRF team includes its President David B. Bush, a Denver based attorney specializing in hemp regulations, Executive Director Paul Isham, veteran project manager for Dell, Vice President Grant D. Orvis, Ph.D. and founder of the Colorado Hemp Cooperative, Monika Fleshner, Ph.D and professor of neuroimmunophysiology at Colorado University- Boulder, and Jeffrey Steiner, Ph.d, Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station and Associate Dean of Research at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

Hemp Industries Association

Bluebird Botanicals is honored to be a member and avid supporter of the HIA.

“The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) is a non-profit trade group representing hemp companies, researchers and supporters. We are at the forefront of the drive for fair and equal treatment of industrial hemp. Since 1994, the HIA has been dedicated to education, industry development, and the accelerated expansion of hemp world market supply and demand.”

National Cannabis Industries Association

“Our Mission: To promote the growth of a responsible and legitimate cannabis industry and work for a favorable social, economic, and legal environment for that industry in the United States.”

“NCIA is the only national trade association advancing the interests of the legitimate and responsible cannabis industry. Our industry supports tens of thousands of jobs, tens of millions in tax revenue, and billions in economic activity in the United States. NCIA is leading the unified and coordinated campaign to ensure this emerging sector is treated fairly under federal law.”



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