Board of Directors

Nicholas Dial – President

Nicholas Dial is a graduate student in plant biology at the University of Central Arkansas. He received his undergraduate degree in the spring of 2016 in environmental science. He began his journey of Cannabis activism in 2014 by volunteering for the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act campaign. Since then, he has worked to build the Cannabis industry in Arkansas with both industrial hemp and medical Cannabis. He is a member of Drug Policy Education Group and is an ambassador for the international policy group Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

In 2017, he collaborated with Jeremy Fisher, Gary Fults, and Melissa Fults in the drafting and passing of the Arkansas Industrial Hemp Act (AR Act 981). He is now the co-founder of the Arkansas Hemp Association and dedicates his time to school work and building the hemp industry in Arkansas.


Jeremy Fisher – Vice President

Jeremy Fisher co-authored the Arkansas Industrial Hemp Act in the spring of 2017 and is co-founder of the Arkansas Hemp Association. He holds a business degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the University of Central Arkansas. During his time in the I&E program, he began studying industrial hemp. He has created several start-ups centered around hemp including projects ranging from foods to fabrics.

Jeremy believes that through this new hemp industry, farmers and businesses will be able to embrace sustainable practices that will lead to a healthier and greener future.


Paula White – Secretary/Treasurer

Paula White is an activist, patient advocate, entrepreneur, and licensed massage therapist. She served on the board of directors for Arkansans for Compassionate Care for five years, working to make medical cannabis a reality in Arkansas. She is a co-founder of the Arkansas Hemp Association and continues to work to promote the health and well-being of Arkansas’ cannabis patients.

Paula started River Valley Consulting to educate Arkansas citizens and assist patients in applying for their medical card. She is also involved in several ancillary cannabis and hemp businesses in multiple states. She is a member of the Drug Policy Education Group of Arkansas, Americans for Safe Access, Marijuana Policy Project, NORML, and has been certified by the Cannabis Training University.