HIA Convention: Book Your Rooms & Register Now!
HIA Convention 2011
The 2011 HIA Convention & AGM in San Francisco, CA

Remember to Register and Book Your Hotel Room Today


SAN FRANCISCO, CA - October 13, 2011 - We hope that you are excited about the upcoming HIA Convention in San Francisco, which will be held on Sunday and Monday, November 13 and 14. We have been adding a wide range of very interesting speakers to the roster for the convention and look forward to hearing them speak on their topics. Two of the speakers are profiled below. Please check them out and register today. This will be a fantastic time to be in California! We will see you there. This Friday, October 14th, is the final deadline for discounted room rates starting at $99 from the Holiday Inn Civic Center so book now to get the best rate.

Please note: Attendees are responsible for making their own room reservations. Early booking is highly recommended. Once our block of reserved rooms runs out, we cannot guarantee the hotel will have a room for you.

You may call the hotel to make your reservation at 415-575-5265 or toll free at 1-800-287-0037.

Please remember to mention the Group Booking Code: HIA when booking to get the HIA group rate and be sure to get a reservation confirmation number.

Through a special arrangement, the hotel is also offering the same room rates for a limited number of rooms for HIA members who are exhibiting at or attending the SF Green Festival, so you can conveniently stay there for both events. (You must stay at least one of the nights of the HIA Convention to get the special rate.) To book reservations and include extra dates please call Monica Ho, the Sales & Catering Services Manager, at 415-575-5265.

If you have not made your plans to attend, please register now!

Register Today!

Please click here to download the Event Flyer and Registration Form (PDF file 1.1MB).

Speaker Profile 

Senator Mark Leno
Senator Mark Leno
Topic: Panel with Patrick Goggin, Steve Levine, David Bronner and Eric Steenstra

In 2008, Mark Leno was elected to the State Senate, representing California's 3rd Senate District encompassing all of Marin County, and parts of Sonoma and San Francisco Counties. Senator Leno chairs the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee.

From 2002-2008, Senator Leno served in the California State Assembly, representing the 13th District, which encompasses the eastern portion of San Francisco. Prior to his election to the Assembly, he served for four and a half years on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

During his tenure in the Legislature, Senator Leno has fought for better schools and access to higher education, foster youth, a cleaner and sustainable environment, single-payer universal health care, improved transportation, renewable energy, safer streets and equal rights for all Californians.

A native of Wisconsin, Senator Leno attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, then went on to become valedictorian of his graduating class at the American College of Jerusalem, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree. He also spent two years in Rabbinical Studies at The Hebrew Union College in New York. Senator Leno is the owner of Budget Signs, Inc., a small business he founded in 1978 and operated with his life partner, Douglas Jackson. Together, the two entrepreneurs steadily grew their sign business until Jackson passed away from complications relating to HIV/AIDS in 1990. This deep loss would not deter Leno. Instead, he redoubled his efforts in community service.
Speaker Profile 

Anna Owen, Student at University of Humboldt
Anna Owen, Student at University of Humboldt
Topic: Presentation for MSC in Hemp Sociology

Anna Catherine Owen is attending Humboldt State University. She working on her Masters of Social Science, titled: An Exploration of Stakeholder Relationships and Organizing Strategies used to facilitate a Hemp Industry in Manitoba. This interdisciplinary education is a synthesis of the humanities including sociology and anthropology. Drawing from this background, Anna is compiling firsthand accounts from individuals and organizations that have overcame obstacles to develop this unique industry. She is drawn to this research to further expose the hemp movement while she is personally intrigued by the ecological and health potentials of the crop.

The student lives in Northern California where she enjoys promoting hemp outreach within her community. She has found it surprising that Cannabis enthusiasts can lack awareness of the versatility of hemp. Through campaigns such as Hemp History Week she is helping spread hemp education and interest. Anna appreciates the opportunity to connect with hemp motivators and industry stakeholders.
Tour Opportunities While You Are in San Francisco 

San Francisco Cable Car - Flickr photo by Maschinenraum

Before or after the HIA Convention there are many things to do in San Francisco. You can choose from the typical tourist fare or something that's more obscure. Some of the attractions that you can choose from are Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, Alcatraz, the Cable Cars, Chinatown, The Exploratorium, Lombard Street, Golden Gate Park, the Japanese Tea Garden, the San Francisco Botanical Garden, California Academy of Sciences and the Conservatory of Flowers and the brewery that makes Anchor Steam Beer. We will be organizing a tour of the new Oaksterdam Cannabis Museum across the bay in Oakland on Tuesday the 15th.

These are just a few of the things that you can in and around the city. Please click here for links of some of the things to do.
More About the 2011 HIA Convention 

Late Registration Fee - (first attendee): $300 per person September 1 to November 7. HIA Full Company Members may bring additional attendees (company employees) at a $50 discount each. All other attendees must be HIA Supporting Members. (The registration fee will be $350 at the door.)

Please click here to register for the 2011 HIA Convention.

Additional information, including the hotel phone number, registration form, payment options, and other event details like the Awards Dinner, is available on the 2011 Convention page on our Web site.

If you need more information or have any questions, please feel free to call the HIA office at 707-874-3648.

We have arranged for special room rates starting at just $99 for Sunday and Monday nights at the Holiday Inn - Civic Center. Through a special arrangement, the hotel is also offering the same room rates for a limited number of rooms for HIA members who are exhibiting at or attending the SF Green Festival, so you can conveniently stay there for both events. (You must stay at least one of the nights of the HIA Convention to get the special rate.) The hotel is close to the SF Concourse Exhibition Center where the SF Green Festival is being held.

Please note: Attendees are responsible for making their own room reservations. Early booking is highly recommended. Once our block of reserved rooms runs out, we cannot guarantee the hotel will have a room for you.

You may call the hotel to make your reservation or you may book online.

Please remember to mention the Group Booking Code: HIA when booking to get the HIA group rate and be sure to get a reservation confirmation number.

Please click here for reservation booking information.

Please join us in San Francisco this November!
About the Hemp Industries Association

The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) represents the interests of the hemp industry and encourages the research and development of new products made from industrial hemp, oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis.

Hemp Industries Association
Tom Murphy
HIA Newsletter Editor
email: tom@thehia.org
phone: 207-542-4998
Hemp Industries Association
Kathi Levine
HIA Member Services
email: office@thehia.org
phone: 707-874-3648 x3