about the hemp guy
Ben Droz has represented the hemp industry in the Nation's Capital since 2008. He was the first full-time federal hemp lobbyist starting in 2009, and was integral to building bipartisan support for hemp in Congress. He was the 'man-on-the-ground' for the passage of Hemp in the 2014 Farm Bill, opening the doors for the first time to hemp research, production, and ultimately, CBD and other hemp products.
After the passage of SEC 7606, Droz stayed on the Hill to help with the passage of numerous hemp amendments, that became law, and ultimately, hemp legalization in the 2018 Farm Bill.
Over the past decade, Droz has managed congressional advocacy, coalition outreach; planned and led hemp industry lobby days, congressional briefings, social media campaigns, and more.
As one of the nation’s leading experts on industrial hemp policy, Droz has been featured in POLITICO, Yahoo!, the Huffington Post, Living Social, and the award-winning documentary, Bringing it Home, among others(links below).
Over the past decade, Droz has been a speaker and emcee at hemp and cannabis conferences nationwide, and has visited numerous hemp operations throughout many sectors and States. Droz maintains connections with longtime leaders in the cannabis industries.
Today, Droz is a contributing editor to HEMP magazine, speaker, thought-leader, hemp advisor & consultant; based a mile from the U.S. Capitol.