May 2018 we'll see the first research planting in Lancaster County Pennsylvania - only 20 years - more pictures to come.
1997 was the first time in the news & here with a real grass roots effort from many different activist and Citizens viable hemp seed was planted for research - 5 acre plots - 13 planted throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. I had the honor of seeing it in person and pre planting at Rhodale Institute.
Thanks to especially Senator Folmer for perserving, Senator Judi Schwank - Representative Russ Diamond and many others in the Dept of Agriculture for maintaining common sense - no 10 ft high barb wire fences. Pennsylvania still has a State Store Mentality but people are voicing their opinion and using their voting power to make this happen sooner than later. Self cultivation rights must be restored to individuals to keep in check the greed factor when it comes to control of people and plants.
FOX 43 -
Tuesday 10/27/15 Senator Schwank's committee passed the Indusrial Hemp Act; Fox 43
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Shawn House stands at the bottom of the Pennsylvania Capitol steps with a smile on his face and an empty bag of pretzels in his hands. "Hempzel's Pretzels," he says. "It's a mix of hemp and pretzels." It's also completely legal. House, who runs the Lancaster Trading Company and it's Hempzel's Pretzels brand, uses industrial hemp in his products every day. The hemp he uses comes from the same cannabis species as the more familiar drug, and the plant it grows from looks similar to the drug, but it contains minimal doses of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the substance which leads to the high marijuana smokers feel. "Knowledge is powerful," Shawn says. "Just because you have seed, doesn't mean you have weed."
and mellows with age.