The Emerald Trade Alliance is a business advocacy trade group, dedicated to the people and businesses in the Oregon cannabis and hemp industries. We exist to protect and further the business interests of our members, to help shape the burgeoning legal market in Oregon, and to create a network of mutual support within the Oregon cannabis industry. Currently, we are primarily a regional group, based in Eugene, representing the Central Oregon region. Our membership does include business owners from other areas of Oregon, and we do plan to eventually expand into a state-wide organization.
The ETA has come together out of immediate necessity to address the current bills and issues related to the implementation of Measure 91, and as a means to give our members a voice in the creation of the new legal market in Oregon. Long term, we seek to advocate for the interests of our members, and the cannabis business community at large. The ETA is a private group, only open to entrepreneurs from the following areas of the cannabis/hemp industries:
- Growers (medical, recreational, hemp)
- Secondary manufacturers (concentrates, edibles, body care/topicals)
- Testing Labs
- Quality Control/Graders
Additionally, we welcome business leaders and representatives from other facets of the cannabis and hemp industry, including cannabis-focused ancillary businesses, including (but not limited to) research and education, packaging / equipment manufacturers, financial services, and media.
What differentiates us from other cannabis and hemp industry associations in Oregon is our interest in and approach to ALL sectors of the industry. Many of the other associations focus singularly on one faction, such as southern Oregon outdoor growers, those currently in medical program, etc. Other larger, all-encompassing organizations have had difficulties refining their message. By contrast, we work with representatives from all sectors to identify common goals and seek consensus on issues that affect the industry as a whole, while also working within each group to address their specific concerns.