American Herbal Products Association (AHPA)
The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is the national trade association and voice of the herbal products industry. AHPA is comprised of more than 350 domestic and foreign companies doing business as growers, processors, manufacturers, and marketers of herbs and botanical and herbal products, including foods, dietary supplements, cosmetics, and non-prescription drugs. Founded in 1982, AHPA's mission is to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products.
AHPA’s Cannabis Committee has published recommendations to address issues related to the safe use and responsible commerce of legally marketed products derived from Cannabis species.
AHPA developed the following ‘Recommendations To Promote Best Practices for Cannabis Production’. These 5 documents are available to the public HERE.

  • Cannabis Manufacturing, Packaging, Labeling and Holding Operations

  • Cannabis Dispensing Operations 

  • Cannabis Laboratory Operations 

  • Cannabis Cultivation and Processing Operations

  • Combined Cannabis Operations Recommendations for Regulators

For more information and to join the AHPA please visit

Foundation of Cannabis Unified Standards – (FOCUS) 
FOCUS is the independent, non-profit organization, third-party source for the creation of Cannabis standards and monitoring the Cannabis industry. FOCUS develops international, independent, voluntary-consensus standards and third-party certification for the Cannabis industry to protect public health.
FOCUS has made Cannabis White Papers available on their website.  A white paper is an authoritative report that utilizes facts and logic to concisely inform readers about a complex issue and present the issuing body’s philosophy on the subject. Click on this link to view white papers:
Project CBD 
Project CBD is a California-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting and publicizing research into the medical uses of cannabidiol (CBD) and other components of the cannabis plant. They provide educational services for physicians, patients, industry professionals, and the general public.