Arizona’s Hemp Industry Trade Association Debuts to Standing Room Only Crowd at Inaugural Meeting



SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (April 19, 2019) — The business of hemp has officially arrived in Arizona. The state’s newest business-to-business organization, Hemp Industry Trade Association of Arizona (HITA-AZ), debuted to a standing room only crowd of more than 350 agricultural experts, business leaders and entrepreneurs on April 11th in Scottsdale.

HITA-AZ is the first hemp-specific, non-governmental agricultural organization in the state. Co-founded by hemp experts Sully Sullivan, Laura Franklin and Danielle Sedgwick, the inaugural meeting featured six high-profile hemp experts including policy makers from the Arizona Department of Agriculture. Last May, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed Senate Bill 1098 which allows the department to license qualified applicants to grow and process industrial hemp in the state commencing in summer 2019.

“We’re here to honor Arizona’s rich farming history while also supporting its future in the burgeoning hemp market. We are committed to helping Arizona’s greater agricultural community survive and thrive,” said Sullivan.

The group will host its next monthly networking event Thursday, May 23rd, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Modern Grove Views at OdySea in the Desert, located at 9500 East Vía de Ventura in Scottsdale. The meetings are open to the public. Admission is $20 per person or two for $35.

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With core values rooted in education, community, and sustainability, HITA-AZ is dedicated to advancing Arizona’s hemp industry in both urban and rural locales. This year, the new trade organization will host two roadshows in Tucson and Flagstaff with plans to expand statewide.

Members of HITA-AZ will benefit from enhanced political representation, unparalleled networking opportunities, exclusive access to industry information, special training and educational opportunities, local business connections and brand recognition. For more information, go to

About HITA-AZ:

The Hemp Industry Trade Association of Arizona (HITA) is a community of stakeholders committed to building a strong and sustainable future for hemp in Arizona.  In addition to enhanced political representation, HITA offers members unparalleled networking opportunities; exclusive access to industry information; special training and education opportunities; and local business connections and brand recognition.

HITA regularly hosts hemp industry networking events throughout the state, special engagement private events and industry bench-mark celebrations. Our events attract the best and brightest operators, business owners, government officials, activists, and community members from across the industry who enjoy learning from each other and exploring business opportunities in a casual environment. For more information visit or connect with the organization on Instagram and Facebook.

Media Contact: 
Neko Catanzaro
Proven Media
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 HITA-AZ Contact:
Sully Sullivan
HITA-AZ Co-Founder & Executive Director

Sully Sullivan