Joy Beckerman has been involved in the industrial hemp and marijuana movements for over a quarter of a century, and her extraordinary passion for Cannabis is contagious. She is the Founder and Principal Industrial Hemp Specialist at Hemp Ace International, an international Cannabis advisory, legal support, and educational firm. Joy is a Community Organizer for the NORML Women of Washington, the Founding President of the Washington State Chapter of the Hemp Industries Association, and she holds leadership positions in multiple Cannabis organizations. Civil rights and permaculture are the foundation of Joy's mission, and they play a fundamental role in everything she does and presents.
After excelling in paralegal studies and joining the Cannabis Movements in the spring of 1990, Joy opened the first industrial hemp store in the State of New York, in Woodstock, in 1994. She also led her first Legalization march and rally at that time. When the inaugural Vermont Hemp Bill passed in 1996, Joy relocated her family to Burlington to serve as Secretary to the Vermont Hemp Council, while also achieving a 4.0 GPA as an English Major at the University of Vermont.
As Joy continued her work in Cannabis, she commenced an extensive dual career in compliance and complex civil litigation legal support in late 1998, supporting some of the Nation's most distinguished attorneys. In addition to working on the high-profile Enron and Exxon Valdez cases against those corporations, Joy has been the Lead Paralegal for several multi-million dollar civil lawsuits, including the largest municipal securities fraud litigation in the history of Washington State. Her vast professional and Cannabis experience well serves her roles as an effective advisor and respected voice and leader in shaping law, policy, standards, and ethics in the rapidly developing hemp and marijuana industries.
Joy is a renowned public speaker, writer, and educator throughout North America, instructing on hemp subjects from history, law and policy, farming, infrastructure, and cannabinoids to permaculture, hempcrete, and the wide spectrum of hemp industries. In addition to conducting continuing legal education seminars for practicing attorneys, she has presented at numerous universities, colleges, symposiums and panels for more than two decades, speaks regularly at industrial hemp and Cannabis industry conferences, and frequently contributes to media coverage. Joy is also a Guest Lecturer at Seattle University School of Law and Oregon State University. She is widely regarded for her outstanding work with the Washington State Legislature and State Department of Agriculture. The educated stewardship of Cannabis in all of its many forms is Joy's calling and driving force.