Ah memories - I set up as the Pennsylvania Hemp Industries Information Assocation selling / showing Ohio Hempery items, displaying Jack Heror's Book THe Emperor Wears No Clothes - Representing Carol Miller of Hemp Essentials out of California who was making hemp lip balms, salves, soaps all with hemp oil. 1997 - the day before I met Ralph Amato who had started No Problem Inc which evolved into Hempzels® - a day before I met Les Stark who was working with his Uncle Barry and Grandfathers vending business.
Dave Kline wrote an article after my radio interview -
Lancaster County businessman Shawn Patrick House wants to believe the latest legislative effort to legalize hemp farming in Pennsylvania will succeed.But he's been fighting long enough to know it's probably a long shot. Under Senate Bill 50 — introduced by Sens. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) and Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) — the cultivation and processing of industrial hemp would be allowed as part of a research program at a college or university.But he's been fighting long enough to know it's probably a long shot. Under Senate Bill 50 — introduced by Sens. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) and Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) — the cultivation and processing of industrial hemp would be allowed as part of a research program at a college or university.
An Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development report estimates gross revenue for Canadian hemp seed production between $30.75 million and $34 million. In 2010, exports of Canadian hemp seed and hemp products were valued at more than $10 million.The obvious hurdle is perception, of course. Hemp is the distant sister of cannabis, although supporters say hemp has none of marijuana's mind-altering qualities.“Industrial hemp does not have a psychoactive effect. The THC level is less than 0.03 percent,” Folmer said. “Misconceptions are withholding Pennsylvania from an opportunity for our agricultural and business industries to thrive.”Given the legal go-ahead, farmers could benefit from the demand for hemp in products ranging from paper to fuel and clothing to biodegradable plastics, said Schwank, Democratic chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee.
The federal 1937 Marijuana Tax Act restricted industrial hemp production. In 1970, the Controlled Substances Act made hemp illegal, although the 2014 Farm Bill loosened production restrictions.“We need to get on board with this,” Schwank said during a recent conference call. “After all, 200 years ago it was a pretty prominent crop in Pennsylvania.”
Growing business House began making hemp-enriched cosmetics, such as lotions and soaps, in the late 1990s. In 2005, he incorporated as Lancaster Trading House Inc. His product lines fall under two businesses: Hempzels, which includes soft pretzels, mustard and protein powder; and Natalie's Choice, which sells his granola bars, nut butter and jams.
All are made from hemp, House said. While he doesn't have a physical store, House sells online and at shows such as the Pennsylvania Farm Show. His mustard is on Wegmans' shelves. “It's slow and steady, and my business continues to expand at a nice pace,” he said. “The soft pretzel is the winner. That's going to be my thing that doubles and triples my sales.” But House said he is tired of fighting to educate the public and politicians that hemp does not equal marijuana. Experts estimate a person has to smoke about 20 times the amount of hemp in order to reach the high state achieved with cannabis, according to the website Hempethics.com.As a food product, hemp is touted for its health benefits because it is packed with essential fatty acids and is rich in vitamin E. Supporters say hemp is a more-durable material that makes better clothes.
New Holland Agriculture makes equipment that processes hemp for grain or fiber and sells it to foreign farmers, House said.“The research has been done for hemp,” he added. “We have equipment manufacturers who are selling equipment to the Europeans and the Canadians.”
Plan on seeing us at Mother Earth News 2016 -
We had a busy weekend in our new spot - confirmed for next year on the coblestones;
Here two famiiie's give us the lowdown on their Hempzel experience; thanks to the staff at Seven Springs in Chapion, Pennsylvania.