NCIA Committees are an opportunity for our members to get directly involved in specific industry issues and sectors. These volunteer-driven efforts engage members’ expertise and passion to drill down in of expertise and passion to effect change, provide professional development opportunities, and develop best practices and guidelines that will shape the future of our industry.


In March 2017, the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA) and NCIA entered into a partnership, part of which included the absorption of the group known as the NCIA Minority Business Council (MBC) into MCBA, to be directed by a Steering Committee made up of former MBC members and MCBA and NCIA staff. Inquiries regarding the former MBC may be sent to

Infused Products Committee (IPC)

The IPC focuses on edible and topical products, reviewing existing business practices and state regulations. Regulation of these products is the IPC’s initial key focus, but the committee’s purpose is to ensure the infused product sector is helping shape its destiny, rather than being driven by differing jurisdictional regulations. The IPC is concluding work with the Council on Responsible Cannabis Regulation (CRCR) to develop standardized regulations for legislators and regulators to adopt as their states legalize the industry.

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Human Resource Committee (HRC)

The HRC focuses on employee training, education, recruitment, pay and benefits, and other HR-related issues that pose unique challenges within a new and rapidly evolving industry. With both employees and employers in mind, the HRC will establish best practices for talent management and development, create educational materials to help NCIA members better recruit and retain employees and remain in compliance with employment law, promote diversity and inclusion within the industry, and develop a job board for the industry on NCIA’s website.

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Cannabis Cultivators Committee (CCC)

The CCC’s mission is to promote the voice of growers, and to develop, promote, and share best practices with other NCIA members within this industry sector.

Marketing & Advertising Committee (AMC)

The “MAC Attack” for the 2017-2018 volunteer year includes developing best practices in cannabis industry marketing; opening dialogues with major media outlets that ban most or all cannabis-related advertising; holding in-person or virtual educational events for NCIA members; and developing processes for a NCIA Excellence in Marijuana Marketing Award, or “EMMA.”


Additional Committees Under Consideration or Development:

NCIA’s committees are volunteer-driven groups of dedicated members with a passion for a certain aspect of their industry. Listed below are new committee opportunities that NCIA members have expressed interest in forming in 2017.

Contact NCIA at for more information on how you can help shape these initiatives or if you have an idea for a committee not yet listed. Committees with fewer than eight qualified applicants will not be launched until sufficient member volunteer interest has been reached.

Extractions & Vaping Committee (EVC)

This committee would support the interests of the cannabis industry’s producers of extractions and vaping products, and will develop best practices on extraction techniques and vaping products for the good of the industry.

Finance & Insurance Sector Committee (FISC)

This committee promotes the interests of the cannabis industry’s finance and insurance sectors, and will develop strategies for the responsible advancement of these sectors for the good of our industry as a whole.

Legal & Banking Committee (LBAC)

The LBC will advocate for the industry’s equitable access to banking and for the industry being treated fairly under state and local laws, and will work in conjunction with the FIC.

Market Expansion Committee (MEC)

MEC members are those individuals who wish to devise best practices for business growth and market expansion techniques for various types of cannabis businesses.

Packaging & Labeling Committee (PLC)

The PLC will develop recommendations for standardization of the packaging and labeling of cannabis products available to consumers nationwide.

Regulatory & Compliance Committee (RCC)

This committee would examine and review the varying cannabis industry-specific statewide regulations and work to establish best practices or guidelines for states and municipalities to facilitate the development of regulations and compliance procedures.

Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC)

The SAC would be comprised of practicing chemists and other scientific field professionals to advise the other committees as they work to develop standards and guidelines for the various sectors of our industry, ensuring that any formal recommendations produced by other NCIA committees are scientifically sound, sustainable, and legitimate.

Strain Identification Committee (SIC)

This committee’s goal is to ensure that a strain by any name is the same sold in any part of the country, through genotyping and standardization of testing. This committee will develop best practices and guidelines for strain identification and testing.

Take your involvement with NCIA to the next level, and reap the benefits for your industry and your business. Contact us to get involved with an existing Committees or find out how you can help start a new Committee focused on your industry expertise or interests.