and regional directors
Joe Kirkpatrick, President
Joe Kirkpatrick is on his fourth year as Tennessee’s chief lobbyist for the hemp industry. In 2016, he worked to allow for Tennessee universities to research cannabis up to 0.6% THC to develop new opportunities for hemp.
In 2017, he worked with the General Assembly to achieve landmark consumer protections for use, sale and possession of hemp derived consumable and topical products. This legislation was upheld in General Sessions Court, resulting in all charges being dropped and providing grounds for civil damage lawsuits related to now infamous Operation Candy Crush in Rutherford County TN in March 2018.
Joe’s 2018 legislative work produced another banner year for hemp, making Tennessee the first of all 50 states to make feeding of hemp to livestock legal. Also, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture promulgated rules with the advice and consent of TNHIA that make Tennessee the best place globally to invest hemp-related agriculture, processing, product development and sales. More refinements are on the way for hemp through his continuing efforts in 2019.
Having served as President of TNHIA since January 2017, Joe is transitioning from that role to that of President of the newly formed Tennessee Growers’ Coalition, a political action committee dedicated to funding hemp-friendly elected officials. He is also growing hemp for the second time in 2019 and operating Nashville Flower CBD, a hemp consumables company with regional distribution.
Clint has been working with hemp since the birth of the original legislation. He cofounded the TNHIA alongside Colleen Lanier. He led the first university varietal trial at MTSU in 2015 and earned a degree in Plant & Soil Science later that year. He went on to continue his education for a Molecular Bioscience PhD. Clint led 9 avenues of research for the University during that period. Along with his studies, he worked in TNHIA. He has been a continued hemp activist and promotes the industry at a high level.
Kevin Colvert, TNHIA Treasurer
TNHIA member since 2014
Licensed Tennessee Hemp farmer since 2015
Middle Tennessee State University Alumni: Agribusiness Degree
Profession: Cutting Edge Solutions
Position: Eastern US Sales Director
Passions: Agriculture, Outdoor Exploration, Travel, Boating, Live Music
A plant and soil science graduate from Middle Tennessee State University, Cody is nearing completion of a cannabis and industrial hemp-focused master's degree from the University of Tennessee. An expert on industrial hemp, he helped structure the state chapter of the National Hemp Industries Association and serves on the board of the Tennessee Hemp Industries Association. Cody currently serves as the Senior Farm and Extraction Advisor at Bluhen Botanicals.
Regional Director: Chattanooga
Ashley has been a longtime hemp advocate, arranging and organizing public education and networking events in and around Chattanooga since 2016. She experienced growing hemp for the first time, in 2018, working at Healing Hills Farm. She hosts networking and TNHIA events every two months and will soon be hosting the fourth annual “Local Hemp Chattanooga” Hemp History Week event, in June.