Our Mission

The mission of the U.S. Hemp Roundtable is to advocate for science-driven, equitable, and inclusive law and regulation for hemp industries – including agriculture, oilseed, fiber and extracts, such as CBD – to produce a reliable, sustainable supply chain of responsible commerce.

The U.S. Hemp Roundtable is a coalition of dozens of leading companies and organizations committed to safe hemp and CBD products. We proudly represent the industry’s major national grassroots organizations, and are leading the way forward for hemp and CBD products through education and action.


The U.S. Hemp Roundtable works closely with its members and advocacy partners to support policies, legislation or initiatives that reflect one or more of our “seed” values — 

Sustainability: Promoting research and development opportunities for the advancement of hemp fiber production as a sustainable, climate-smart agricultural commodity. 

Ethics and Accountability: Ensuring best practices and high standards that protect hemp producers, retailers and consumers. 

Equity and Justice: Providing economic empowerment, restorative justice, and equitable access to communities of color and minority-owned enterprises.

Diversity and Inclusion: Creating a more diverse and inclusive industry by engaging underserved, minority producers with more resources to participate in the market.

Science and Reason: Using scientific evidence and real-world data analyzed by experts and discussed amongst the industry to establish sensible rules and regulations for products and producers. 



Pass legislation to require FDA regulation of hemp extracts such as CBD as a dietary supplement and food and beverage additive.


Ensure passage of hemp-friendly 2023 Farm Bill, including priorities for hemp-extracts, certified seeds, removing the hemp felon ban, and raising allowable THC in the field to 1%.


Make meaningful impacts in justice and sustainability, which includes working with HBCU’s, the U.S. Hemp Authority, and the U.S. Hemp Sustainability Foundation to develop sustainability standards for hemp growth and products.

Join Our Efforts

The U.S. Hemp Roundtable is the nation’s ONLY hemp business advocacy organization committed to shaping the future of hemp through state and federal policy. Make your voice and opinion matter in Washington D.C. and around the country. Learn how you can get involved with our efforts today!

A Decade In The Making

January 2012
Jonathan Miller publishes article in the Huffington Post, arguing for cannabis legalization; Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer reads it and enlists Miller’s help in efforts to legalize hemp in Kentucky.
July 2012
Miller and four farmers and activists join, ultimately forming the Kentucky Hemp Industry Council (KHIC), aimed at introducing and passing hemp legalization.
April 2013
SB 50 signed into Kentucky law, legalizing hemp in the Bluegrass State.
September 2013
Comer and KHIC representatives meet with Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), plotting path toward federal hemp legalization.
February 2014
Under McConnell’s leadership and that of Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), 2014 Farm Bill passes with provision to allow states to launch hemp pilot programs.
August 2014
Comer, assisted by the KHIC, wins a federal court battle with the DEA, allowing hemp seeds to be imported and pilot programs to commence.
KHIC leads lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill to ensure federal spending bills include riders to prohibit DEA from interfering with state pilot programs.
February 2017
With dozens of members from across the country, and the fight for federal legalization paramount, KHIC is rebranded as the U.S. Hemp Roundtable (USHR).
August 2017
Understanding the need to develop high standards and best practices for the industry, USHR works with industry leaders to develop a guidance plan for an independent, self-regulated organization (SRO).
May 2018
USHR seeds funding for the establishment of the U.S. Hemp Authority (USHA), an independent SRO to administer the guidance plan for industry standards.
December 2018
After years of lobbying by the USHR, and the leadership of McConnell, 2018 Farm Bill is signed into law with provisions to permanently legalize hemp and hemp products like CBD.
December 2018
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announces its opinion that CBD ingestible sales are illegal, but will work toward a regulatory pathway for their sales.
March 2019
Working with Reps. Ed Perlmutter (D-OR) and Andy Barr (RKY), USHR helps secure an amendment to the SAFE Banking Act providing a safe harbor for hemp farmers and CBD businesses.
May 2019
General Counsel, Jonathan Miller, testifies at the FDA’s first public hearing on hemp-derived CBD.
August 2019
Collected data for the development of a federal multi-peril crop insurance program for hemp, providing affordable options to U.S farmers.
October 2019
USHR Board meets with the USDA to discuss the Interim Final Rule for the U.S. Domestic Hemp Program; USDA adopts most of USHR’s proposed recommendations.
July 2020
Launched its Minority Empowerment Committee (MEC) and adopted an ambitious equity and inclusion framework, designed by the prestigious Annie E. Casey Foundation.
September 2020
Worked closely with Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and Morgan Griffith (R-VA) on the introduction of the first House bill to establish a legal and regulatory pathway for the sale of hemp-derived extract products, such as CBD, as dietary supplements.
September 2020
Led lobbying efforts to ensure hemp farmers were eligible for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program(CFAP).
October 2020
New York released hemp regulations reflecting USHR feedback to remove age restrictions on ingestible hemp products and cosmetics.
March 2021
Worked closely with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services to develop a regulatory pathway for CBD in food and beverages for the state.
May 2021
Supported the introduction by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) of the first Senate bill which would establish a legal and regulatory pathway for the sale of hemp- derived extract products, such as CBD, as dietary supplements or food and beverage additives.
October 2021
California passed AB 45 after a three-year effort led by the USHR and local hemp groups to end the state's prohibition on retail sales of CBD products.
February 2022
Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) introduced The Hemp Advancement Act of 2022 with strong support and collaboration from USHR.
April 2022
Hosted a D.C. Fly-in for Board Members to meet with 14 members of Congress and staff.
July 2022
Vice President and CEO of Kentucky-based Ecofibre, Eric Wang, testified at the first House Agriculture Committee hearing on hemp and CBD.
September 2022
Hosted a D.C. Fly-An for Members to meet with Congressional leaders and staff, culminating in a private dinner with Sen. McConnell and former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.



Pete Meachum

Cronos Group

Brittani Cushman

Executive Vice President
Turning Point Brands
Dawn Jarvis

Dawn Jarvis

Senior Vice President
Garden of Life
Greg Reeder

Greg Reeder

VP of Audit & Membership
Frederick Cawthon

Frederick Cawthon

Vice President for Minority Empowerment
Verge Agritech
Jonathan Staffeldt

Jonathan Staffeldt

Vice President for Advocacy
GVB Biopharma

Asia B. Wright

Frost Brown Todd
John Copeland

John Copeland

Blue & Co Accounting


*Denotes Non-Profit Advocacy Partner


Rend Al-Mondhiry

Rend Al-Mondhiry

FDA Counsel
Alyssa Erickson

Alyssa Erickson

Public Affairs and Marketing Coordinator
Kerry Hinkle

Kerry Hinkle

Membership Coordinator
Nolan Jackson

Nolan Jackson

Regulatory Counsel

Asia B. Wright

Organizational Counsel
Jonathan Miller

Jonathan Miller

General Counsel
Brooke Parker Robertson

Brooke Parker Robertson

Chief of Staff
Ashish Talati

Ashish Talati

FDA Counsel
Katelyn Wiard

Katelyn Wiard

Director of Operations