NOCO Hemp Expo: The Hemp Industry’s Most Influential Movers and Shakers Gather in Colorado

IrieCBD is joining the national and global hemp community this week at the 4th annual NOCO Hemp Expo in Loveland, Colorado.

Drawing the hemp industry’s most creative and innovative professionals, consultants, growers, developers and activists, the event highlights the growing momentum behind hemp based products for sustainability, health and wellness.


If you are in Colorado, come say HI to the Irie family for samples, smiles, CBD wellness information and a dose of connection and revitalization. (We’re booth #31- Find us on the exhibition map here:


If you can’t be there in person to soak up all the amazing green goodness, we’ve gathered a few of the stand out hemp luminaries below to inspire and motivate.

Check out their work, and spread the word.

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Adam Dunn

Adam Dunn was born in 1969 in Woodstock, NY. At the age of 19 he pursued greener pastures and set sail for Amsterdam. Within a few months he started his dream job at the Hash museum owned by Sensi Seeds where he could educate himself and others on the myriad of uses of hemp and cannabis.

He worked for the  Hash Museum/Sensi Seeds, hosted the 6th Cannabis Cup, and opened Europe’s first dedicated Hemp store in 1995 “Hemp Works”.

This gave Adam and his partner the opportunity to start their own in-house clothing label called Hemp HoodLamb®, an independent hemp label offering a broad collection of refreshing hemp gear. With HoodLamb® their main aim was to promote a contra-movement against the mass-production and mass-pollution of the clothing industry and to demonstrate that a solution for sustainable living can be found in hemp. Their main item, the HoodLamb jacket, is the sturdiest, warmest and most eco friendly jacket on the market, and worn by Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, Woody Harrelson just to name a few. At NOCO, Adam will be speaking on the Global Perspective of the hemp industry, and sharing about the ways hemp can be used to make sustainable clothing, including the trademark HoodLamb coats.  Read more about Adam at:


Annie Rouse

Annie Rouse is Founder of Verified Life Cycle, a third-party verification for hemp products. She is paving grounds for industry standards and building a sustainable hemp supply chain. In 2013, she received a U.S. Fulbright Scholarship to study the environmental life cycle of hemp in Canada. Annie  holds a Master’s Degree in International Environmental Policy and an MBA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She is also Founder of Think Hempy Thoughts, a brokerage and marketplace for third-party verified goods and Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit. As an eco-enthusiast, she educates on environmental stewardship by teaching family, friends and strangers how to reduce single-use consumption. Read more about Annie at:


Dionne Holmquist

As a social entrepreneur and investor Dionne is actively supporting social enterprise and economic development within indigenous communities globally, bringing the healing power of hemp to all.

Advisor for WAFBA, LLC  (WAre For Better Alternatives)  is home to the NoCo Hemp Expo, TreeFreeHemp and Colorado Hemp Company located in Loveland, Colorado and operating since 2012.

She is a Trusted Advisor for White Plume Hemp Company & Lakota Media Project located on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Read more about Dionne at:


Christie Lunsford

An avid supporter of hemp agriculture and commerce, Christie is the founder of Endocannabinoidology, a consulting firm providing cannabis science and technology management assistance to the cannabis and hemp industry. She has contributed to and won numerous medical marijuana license applications for her clients including New York State.

In 2012, Christie was part of the team to formulate and launch the first and largest retail channel of CBD (Cannabidiol) nutraceutical products derived from industrial hemp in the U.S. A

Prior to launching Endocannabinoidology, Christie distinguished herself as an industry thought leader by focusing on cannabis industry standards. Christie served on the 2013 American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Cannabis Committee and the 2015 Standards Creations Committee for Infused Products for the Foundation of United Cannabis Standards (FOCUS).

Christie is a founding member of National Cannabis Industry Association and was recently honored as 2015 Cannabis Woman of the Year at the 5th Annual Cannabis Business Awards.

Currently Christie sits on the board for The Hemp Connoisseur magazine and has contributed numerous articles to the magazine on the History of Hemp. Read more about Christie at:


Chad Rosen

Chad is an entrepreneur passionate about developing impact based businesses and brands with sustainable supply chains. As a recent graduate of the Village Capital Agricultural Accelerator his network in the food system is far reaching at high levels in the private and public sectors. The White House invited Chad to represent Kentucky and Victory Hemp Foods at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Palo Alto, where we met with POTUS’s Entrepreneurial Ambassadors and 700 other entrepreneurs from 170 countries to work on solving for some of the world most pressing issues here at home and abroad, including food security. Chad has brought many successful startups to market including, Vetrazzo, Pierre Habitat, Indomata, and Organo, all companies with a “triple-bottom line.” Today, he’s dedicated to bringing hemp into the rural economy where sustainable economic development is needed. To this end he moved from California in 2014 and has put down roots in Henry County, Kentucky, where Victory Hemp Foods is based. Read more about Chad at:


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About The Author


IrieCBD is a company with a philosophy of reconnecting, revitalizing and finding the simple goodness in all that surrounds us.
From seed to oil, our products are created with care, consciousness, and connection.

Founded in San Diego in 2015 by three innovative adventurers, environmentalists, health advocates and grassroot nutritional revolutionaries,
IrieCBD is dedicated to finding natural solutions for health and wellness. Firm believers in the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, IrieCBD grew out of the passion
its founders had for self-determination and the increased quality of life experienced when all our body’s systems are supported and nourished.
Irie’s unique and specialized line of tinctures are the fruition of this belief, combining the ancient wisdom of herbal medicinal properties with the potent effects of pure CBD oil.