Joy Beckerman is the Principal at Hemp Ace International, a Seattle-based global Cannabis consulting and brokerage firm. After opening the first hemp store in New York in the early 1990’s, Joy served as Secretary to the Vermont Hemp Council upon passage of the first Vermont hemp bill in 1996. She then commenced an extensive dual career as a compliance and complex civil litigation paralegal supporting Seattle’s elite counsel. Joy is an internationally respected voice and renowned public speaker who has presented at continuing legal education seminars and numerous universities, conferences, and panels over the last nearly quarter of a century. Working directly with legislators and policymakers, Joy assists with bill drafting and policymaking upon request. She is as an Advisor and Board Member of multiple Cannabis associations and entities, and is also a hempcrete workshop instructor for Hemp Technologies, builders of the first permitted hempcrete homes in the U.S.