Joy Beckerman has been involved in the industrial hemp movement for over a quarter of a century, and her extraordinary passion for this unique and valuable crop is contagious!
She is the Founder and Principal Industrial Hemp Specialist at Seattle, Washington based Hemp Ace International, the Lead Hempcrete Workshop Instructor for Hemp Technologies, builders of the first fully-permitted hempcrete homes in the U.S., and she is the President of the Washington State Chapter of the Hemp Industries Association.
After opening the first industrial hemp store in the State of New York in the early 1990’s, Ms. Beckerman was appointed to serve as Secretary of the Vermont Hemp Council when the inaugural Vermont Hemp Bill passed in 1996. While continuing her work in industrial hemp, Ms. Beckerman commenced an extensive dual career in compliance and complex civil litigation legal support in Seattle in late 1998, supporting some of Washington’s most distinguished attorneys; and serving as the Lead Paralegal for several multi-million dollar civil lawsuits. She began to study green and sustainable building in 2004 to foster the hemp building industry in the U.S. and is passionate about the incredible science and performance of hempcrete.
As the Principal Industrial Hemp Specialist at Hemp Ace International, Joy provides comprehensive professional industrial hemp education, paralegal, consulting, advisory, and presentation services, both domestic and foreign. She is a renowned public speaker, writer, and educator throughout North America, instructing on hemp subjects from history, law, policy, and infrastructure, to hempcrete, farming, permaculture, and the wide spectrum of hemp industries. Her world class presentations are enhanced by her global network of industrial hemp agronomists, breeders, processors, manufacturers and experts.
In addition to conducting continuing legal education seminars for practicing attorneys, Ms. Beckerman 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. She is also a Guest Lecturer at Seattle University School of Law and Oregon State University. Ms. Beckerman is widely regarded for her outstanding work with the Washington State Legislature and Washington State Department of Agriculture, and assists lawmakers in multiple States as the versatile industrial hemp crop is reintroduced across America.
Hemp Technologies & Hempcrete: Hemp Technologies is a world leading supplier of hempcrete building materials, and provides design, technical, and building services to the global community. Hempcrete, a long since known non-structural construction infill made from industrial hemp and a lime-based binder, provides the healthiest possible construction for a safe, high quality indoor air environment. It is mold-resistant, rot-resistant, fire-resistant and pest-resistant. Hempcrete is a carbon negative, carbon sequestering building material that is durable and recyclable, lasting hundreds of years. Hempcrete regulates temperature and has a high vapor permeability, so it can absorb and release water, allowing it to respond to changing humidity levels and creating a low embodied energy “breathable wall.” In many climates, a 12” hempcrete wall will facilitate app. 60⁰F indoor temperatures year-round.