Chris Boucher is widely recognized as one the preeminent figures in the American Industrial Hemp movement. In 1994, Boucher grew the first legal hemp research field in the America in over fifty years in Brawley California. contracted by the USDA and the Imperial County Agricultural Commissioner Over 2 acres of industrial hemp plants were cultivated. The project was documented by CNN and remains a milestone in American hemp history. In 1992 Boucher co-founded the HIA Hemp Industries Association which still exists today.
Boucher also co-authored the landmark game changer “Hemp CBD is Legal in All 50 States” back in 2012. This was instrumental in kickstarting the US Hemp CBD industry into a billion dollar industry that is today.
In 1991, Chris Boucher founded The Hempstead Company, as one of the first hemp clothing and seed businesses in the US in more than five decades. Boucher’s company marketed and sold hemp seed, hemp seed oil, hemp textiles, and hemp clothing in 1000s of stores globally. Clients included Converse Shoes, the Disney Stores, The Beatles (for their Anthology Release), The Dave Mathews Band, Phish, Ziggy Marley, the Turner Foundation, the Bob Marley Foundation, Save the Earth Foundation, and the Rainforest Action Network.
Boucher has grown hemp in China, Poland, Hungary, Romania and the US. Boucher has also helped draft and promote hemp legislation, resulting in the first hemp agricultural laws in California and Colorado between 1994 – 2017. In 1997 Boucher’s work with the Navajo Nation in Arizona was instrumental in passing the first Native American Hemp laws for reservations.
Chris has been interviewed on 150+ radio stations, reaching an audience of 20+million. Boucher is CEO of Farmtiva seed breeder Inc. in San Diego CA. He resides in Laguna Beach, California with his wife, and donates his time as a mentor to underserved youth in South Central Los Angeles. He travels the country speaking and consulting on behalf of agricultural hemp, and the new American hemp industry.