Zev began his involvement with industrial hemp in late 2012 shortly after Colorado became the first state to fully allow farmers to grow this versatile crop. He created and was the founding Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Hemp Association and then the National Hemp Association, from 2013 to the end of 2016. He has developed a national network of farmers, extractors, processors, equipment manufacturers, testing laboratories, investors, hemp organizations, and buyers of hemp products, he he connects his clients to the most beneficial players in the U.S. hemp industry.
In 2017, he co-created the RAWmarketplace, which has grown to become the largest and most active hemp-only marketplace in the world. The RAW
Zev also founded Herb-a-lites, one of the first U.S. smokable and edible hemp distributors in the Nation. They offered a variety of unique products such as hand filled pre-rolls, hemp tea blend, and Herb-a-Shake, a culinary seasoning.
He has been the Chief Operating Officer of Abraham Paiss & Associates, Inc., a sustainably focused agency supporting an increasing sustainable future, since 1996.