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Digging into the Roots and They Appear To Go Very Deep

Westword: “Can hemp escape the role of marijuana’s sober stepsister?”

This guy has been shouting a lot of information over the years and many thought he was making it up and when we at Hemp.com looked deeper, another picture starts to become clear, a different truth. We found this information on Archive.org and it shows that Mr. Lauve was a critical part of starting this project and that he was never compensated for his work. This is copied from the Advisory Board page of Colorado Hemp Project, dated September 19, 2014 as Archive.org has saved it.

Jason Lauve Advisory, Marketing Communications, Hemp Industry Regulatory Advisor. Jason Lauve was instrumental in the creation of Colorado’s SB13-241 Industrial Hemp Regulations and is the author of Colorado’s HB12-1099 Hemp Remediation Pilot Program. Jason’s domestic and international connections in the realm of hemp cultivation and processing are a critical asset to the Colorado Hemp Project.

Beware of what you see on the surface and look deeper.

Jason is the co-founder and CEO of Hemp Construction Systems, LLC, the Executive Director of Hemp Cleans, a hemp bioremediation company, and the former publisher of Cannabis Health News Magazine. He is well entrenched in the burgeoning global hemp industry and is one of industrial hemp’s most accomplished activists.”

Click through the links and Mr. Lauve’s name is on other pages too. This raises a lot of curiosity and questions about additional claims made by Mr. Lauve, is he being blacklisted by those he helped build businesses for? It appears that there are other business that have done this to him. Why are people ignoring his work, including HB12-1099 the first legislation to bring hemp back to the United States of America? Are the questions he is raising about the hemp associations out there of real concern? Is the trickery and manipulation that he speaks of on his social media true? Was this the start of the bigger associations intentionally leaving the farmers behind in Colorado by becoming “National?”

The other glaring piece of finding this Archive.org page is that the page gives credit to “Designed by Abraham Paiss & Associates” for building it. This leads to more questions, because there is history of Mr. Paiss attempting to take Mr. Lauve’s work with American Hemp Association, as seen in this email from the former Treasurer of RMHA/NHA, Chad Pfitzer addressed to Colorado attorney Robert Hoban:

Mr. Hoban,
9/26/16
Jason Lauve texted me this weekend and requested that I send you information regarding conversations within the “Rocky Mountain Hemp Association”(RMHA) board members regarding Zev Paiss’s action as Director of that organization toward reorganization and subsequent name change.
Just to be clear up front, I was RMHA Secretary for their inaugural year.  I declined to extend because the organization wanted to go national and I was only interested in working with Colorado farmers on education and organizational membership.  In my way of thinking, a national organization would be inherently diffuse to not explicitly serve Colorado farmers or citizens.

Zev was good to work with through the majority of my involvement with the RMHA.  It wasn’t until we started discussing the geographic focus area, and subsequently changing the organization name to reflect that area, that I felt like his demeanor changed.

Zev approached the board sometime in the second half of that first year and proposed that we go national.  Evidently, he was already making connections outside the Rocky Mountain region, so it made sense.  I never felt like this was a good idea.  I thought we had a ton of potential to educate and gain membership here in Colorado, but everyone else on the board seemed to feel like Zev needed the freedom to work across the country.  That was their prerogative.

In the following month or weeks, the name issue came up.  If the organization was going to be a national player, the board felt we needed to change our name from RMHA to something reflecting a national presence.

The names United States Hemp Association (USHA), National Hemp Association (NHA) and American Hemp Association (AHA) were all floated as options.  Zev was really pushing for AHA.  I was the only board member advocating to stay the RMHA.  Everyone else seemed to be going along with Zev on the use of AHA.

I heard that Jason had already garnered the name AHA.  I wrote Zev and Lynda Parker shortly thereafter voicing my concern over the likeness of the name they were proposing to use.  My concern was mainly over confusion around search engine results.  So, if someone Googled “American Hemp Association”, would they land on the organization’s site, or Jason’s organization’s site?  Despite my expressed concern, Zev continued to push on principle, that it was a good name and that one person (Jason) shouldn’t be able to stifle the organization’s progress.  I agreed, but reiterated that my ongoing concern was around the practicality of organizational differentiation, as well as not instigating others in the industry.  Zev then came back and said that the difference was in the organizational structure: that we were going to become AHA, INC. and that Jason’s organization was AHA, LLC.  I believe it was Lynda Parker who then piped in and agreed with me that the names were too close and that she proposed we look strongly at NHA, to circumvent this issue.  I agreed to this idea.  Zev did not.  He continued to push the issue.  But, as Director, he was at the service of the board, not the other way around.  At this point, board members were asking him to not openly comment on tabled board business.  He continued to meddle.  It was then that I made the decision to resign.

Meanwhile, the RMHA board, all copied on these messages, then moved to come to consensus on the proposed name change via e-mail.  We “voted” and had a majority support the adoption of NHA as the new name.  Zev came back, uninvited, and essentially interfered with a board only conversation, and said that the board’s action was not authorized in the by-laws.  At this point, I announced that I was going to resign from the board, because of the shift from regional to national focus.  I wrote Lynda separately and stated I was leaving primarily because of the way that Zev conducted himself throughout these conversations.

In Zev’s defense, the AHA name was ultimately not used.  He wanted to go head-to-head with Jason, but I believe my and Lynda’s actions together effectively stopped this from happening.  I have no idea if this is grounds to sue someone over, as his intent was never realized.

I have RMHA e-mails that were intended for board members only, backing up what I stated in this message, but cannot share them, as I was legally bound to keep  them confidential.  Honestly, there isn’t anything more in content that what I told you in this message.

That’s all I’ve got.

I do not want to get drug into the middle of any legal action between Jason and Zev.  I am only disclosing this information in the official capacity of former Secretary of the RMHA.  Jason asked me to write to you, his legal council, of what I knew.  I have done that to the best of my ability.  I hope this will suffice to satisfy your needs.

Thank you!
Sincerely,
Chad Pfitzer

How did Mr. Paiss know the organizational structure was different from Mr. Lauve’s AHA project? Did he see Mr. Lauve’s work?

Why did they have a concern that “one person (Jason) shouldn’t be able to stifle the organization’s progress?

What does Mr. Hoban know about all of this? Did Mr. Lauve and Hoban have a relationship before this, as we found a reference to Hoban on AHA’s website in Archive.org?

These are a few of many new questions that Hemp.com has and we will be investigating this for future stories.

http://web.archive.org/web/20140919042104/http://www.coloradohempproject.com:80/board-advisors/

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3 comments

  1. I stepped down as the Executive Director of the National Hemp Association at the end of 2016. The story of the name of the American Hemp Association is more complicated than what was written since the domain AmericanHempAssociation.org was actually owned by a very nice man who never did anything with it. Jason ended up securing the domain AmericanHempAssoc.org and I was trying to determine if the full domain was available. As everyone knows we ended up not using that name and the site created by Jason was left alone.

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    • What we see is that the American Hemp Association belongs to Mr. Lauve and this letter is only a part of what we have discovered, along with the information shared with us.
      Only Mr. Lauve is registered with the name on the Colorado Secretary of State website as of October 16th, 2014 and it brings up a serious question, why didn’t anyone else register the name before him if they were thinking about this?
      It appears that there has been a pattern to discredit Mr. Lauve’s work and the comments made by Mr. Pfitzer reveal, and it is very obvious, that you tried to take the name and what you have done is contribute to smearing his name and work. The letter and other people also indicate that you wanted to “go head-to-head with Jason.” In addition, how did you know “that the difference was in the organizational structure” without knowing of Mr. Lauve’s work?
      As to your comment about the websites, according to the registry, Mr. Lauve registered the site you refer to, americanhempassoc.org, 10 months earlier. We took a look at americanhempassoc.com and it also resolves to American Hemp Association and that was registered even earlier in February of 2014. From the perspective of a web person, it looks like Mr. Lauve secured multiple domains that fit a search parameter. The business is listed as a Non-profit and there are many non-profits that have .com suffixes, as it is not required to have a .org, it is only a relationship.
      We will look into this as well.
      Please enlighten us all.

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  2. Mr. Lauve sent us a message to make sure people are aware to dig into the history of Colorado Hemp Project. He has direct experience with them and warns EVERYONE to stay clear of the manipulation of Dani and Bill. He also has another client who shared a story of their experience with CHP, they had an agreement to buy a pound of hemp seed for $35,000 which was supposed to be a cooperative agreement and the money was to be paid back after harvest…CHP did NOT pay the client the $35,000. Another sick move by CHP’s Dani and Bill.

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