That was the inception of the CTA and after meetings with the MHRA in November 2016, they were told:
"If the industry does not work together to ensure standards and advice is consistent and above all legal, there will not be an industry."
The Hemp Trades Association UK Limited, officially adopted the trading name of the Cannabis Trades Association UK at the first AGM in May 2017. Attended by the members at the time, the Founding Directors were appointed.
From day one, the CTA was set up to be a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.
This means that every member holds a share and therefore has a say in what we do and how we do it. It also means that no member or director benefits financially from the financial capability of the Association. All our surpluses are turned into useful things for the Association such as conferences, trade events and communications, representing our members throughout Europe and the rest of the world. We also have extensive relationships worldwide.
As of September 2020, we represent around 400 members (and growing) from 23 EU states. In 2019 our members sold around $2.27bn of products worldwide and around €540m of products.
We employ six full time staff and some great external contractors to keep things up and running. Our staff are a dedicated knowledgeable team who work for our membership to ensure cannabis products are available for all, marketed correctly, safely and honestly.