US HIA Fills Executive Director Spot After a 6-Month Hiatus

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The American Hemp Industries Association (or HIA for short) just recently filled the all-important executive director position, which was previously left vacant for over six months!

The former executive director, Colleen Keahey Lanier, who held the title for several years, is now being replaced by Jody McGinness, who was at the helm of the Marijuana Policy Project fundraising

During his long tenure at the project, he led a campaign for the legalization of cannabis for adults in Vermont and Illinois, which were actually passed into law. He also came up with a passage that helped legalize the use of medicinal cannabis in Utah. 

This was a bold move by HIA, who claim that they require able and diversified leadership moving forward. Likewise, McGinness is happy to assist them with his new role, and he thinks he joined this important association at a critical moment.

HIA is boosting its ranks to overcome its insolvency issues caused by the administrative and financial problems it faced in 2020; they even hired a couple of experienced board directors to make the whole process a lot smoother.

Namely, the new board directors are Todd Runestad — an editor for the Natural Products Insider site and the New Hope Network — and Tim Gordon, the CSO at Functional Remedies.

Both of them are looking forward to developing HIA’s plans for the future to the benefit of everyone involved in the hemp industry. In fact, HIA has many other competent board members across its thirteen operating chapters.

All in all, the future looks bright for HIA; now, we’ll just have to wait and see how things play out. 

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