The cannabis industry is blossoming. As new states come on board and legalization spreads, more and more professional organizations will crop up ready and waiting to support the industry. We’ve found that in our professional developmental journey, there are several notable organizations both small and large, international, national, regional and local that have provided us with substantial cannabis resources and support. Read on to learn about 4 Cannabis Associations that have supported our business efforts.

Cannabis Association Directory: 4 Professional Bodies to Support Your Business Efforts

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American Society for Testing and Materials International (ASTM)



Committed to serving global societal needs, ASTM International positively impacts public health and safety, consumer confidence and overall quality of life. We integrate consensus standards, developed with our international membership of volunteer technical experts, and innovative services to improve lives—Helping our world work better.

ASTM International is a great organization to join if you want to be part of the creation of global cannabis standards. GAIACA is a voting member of Committee D37 on Cannabis. Though cannabis is not legal globally, we contribute to the creation of globally recognized standards that will be readily accessible as legalization spreads.


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National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA)



To promote the growth of 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 industry’s national trade association and aims to unify the vision and message of what could be a very disjointed state-legal industry within a national framework. NCIA provides valuable resources on the legal cannabis industry. GAIACA is a member of NCIA and continues to find value in attending and exhibiting at NCIA events in California.


Silicon Valley Cannabis Association (SVCA)



The Silicon Valley Cannabis Alliance is a professional organization that is focused on growing the regional legal cannabis industry by–>

Making connections between cannabis businesses to cannabis businesses; cannabis businesses to non-cannabis businesses; new operators to existing ones; entrepreneurs to the industry; businesses to local and state elected officials.

Creating opportunities for the industry and economic development for municipalities by keeping everyone updated on new ordinances and best practices in cities and the industry.

Projecting a professional high standard and industry image, and spreading a clear message about the industry through regular conversations with the community, media outlets, and elected officials.

Keeping the industry informed through networking mixers and larger signature events that bring various industry and regulatory and elected officials together.

Being socially responsible by encouraging the local cannabis industry to keep cannabis away from those under the age of 21, encouraging municipalities to spend tax dollars on cannabis awareness and anti-cannabis education and engaging in socially responsible activities focused around the spirit and intent of Proposition 64 of criminal records expungements.

By the entirely of these actions, we bring a framework for the coexistence of a responsible new industry and a community where both can not just survive but thrive.

SVCA is a regional organization that has assisted us in Silicon Valley. We believe it is important to be plugged into regional associations in order to stay in the know, grow our networks and contribute in a meaningful way to the cannabis dialogue, even if it’s not necessarily in our backyard.


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Monterey County Cannabis Industry Association (MCCIA)



To advocate and promote all aspects of the cannabis industry in Monterey County, with an emphasis on professionalism, collaboration, and safe access. The Monterey County Cannabis Industry Association (MCCIA) brings together members and stakeholders providing needed industry representation, education, and leadership. MCCIA strives to create a sense of community in the industry, providing a responsible outlet for sharing resources and talents and lobbying for the industry as a whole.

Though GAIACA services the entire State of California, our roots are firmly in Monterey County. We’ve found that having local support is essential to our operations.

When you’re pursuing an industry, especially a new industry like the cannabis industry, don’t underestimate the power of professional associations. Diversify your memberships as you grow. Think big/small, global/national/regional, and don’t forget to think local!