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Acres USA Pennsylvania Hemp Industry association Pre Hempzel's 1997

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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.

 

Got the Munchies? Hempzels make their debut Nov 21, 1997

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Ralph Amato financed No Problem Inc. which first starting developing Hempzels® in 1997 - Mark Tucci & Donald Riese promoted and helped develop the business in it's infancy before Shawn P. House purchased it in 1998 when the DEA was starting to talk about banning hemp foods. We've come a long way - 

 

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Pequea Silver Mine Project Feast

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New Signs Of Hemp A Nod To Its History hempzel's event

Debbie Frantz was a big supporter of mine, hemp and offered her former health food store - It's Only Natural? - that we could hold a feast news conference before the Silver mine hemp project (disaster :)

Conestoga Wagon Hempzels

 That was a big tent to rent, thanks to Tom Grassell, Jim and other trustees who came down to the Pequea Township Meeting when the supervisors where going to deny the permit - 

 

Hemp Meetings First One at Yoder's Restaurant 1999

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One of two meetings held in Lancaster County at Yoder's Restaurant - this is when my office was at Faye Diesel's on Main Street in Blue Ball - I now owned Hempzels & No Problem Inc, I put ads in the Lancaster County Farming Paper and invited farmers and interested parties to hear speakers. This article will document what was done as more information is dug up from the archives.. This first meeting we I had Robert Rex of the Friendly Chameleon address the farmers, Bryn B, Jim & Les Stark helped out - still looking for more documents.

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New Twist For An Old Treat - Hempzels 2nd Place winner 1999 Ralph Amato

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RIP - Ralph Amato - I met him in 1997 he came down to introduce himself after seeing the article I was in at the Eco-Ag Conference by Acres USA - I worked with him as Hempzels(tm) was being introduced - later I would set my office up in his shared space at Faye Diesel in New Holland, Pennsylvania. I purchased the business from Ralph in the process of when the company was being subpoened from the attempt to ban hemp foods. RIP Ralph I think about you often, I found this article in the archives, more to come.

2nd Lancaster County Hemp Meetings at Yoders

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This was the 2nd event - the year before I had invited Robert Rex of the Friendly Chameleon Paper Company to speak to the farmers - this event I was honored John Howell came down and Jean Laprise - that year the President of New Holland Ford provided $100 to offset my cost - he couldn't attend but sent his top 2 engineers who listened to Kennex Jean's Laprise talk about using modified John Deere equipment to harvest their hemp. That's changed in 2015.

 

HempCar Pioneers Grayson & Kellie Sigler Hempzelized on the way to 13,000 miles on hemp bio diesel fuel pre-911

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Wow - thanks to Ron Harper & friends for taping a small event held July 2001 - 3 months before 911, on Steve Groffs famous No-til farm in Southern Lancaster County Pennsylvania. I met Grayson & Kellei Sigler at an event in Washington DC & encouraged them to come up to Hempfield Township Pennsylvania. They were just as upset about the possibilaty of banning hemp foods Here is some rough footage of me greeting the car as it pulled in & tuned down. Kelly & Grayson also speak about their journey - they ultimately went over their 13,000 mile goal & traveled around the US & through Canada coming back to Washington DC - visit more at www.hempcar.org - Pictured below Maggie a friend of the Burkholder hemp fans - Hempzels didn't supply $$ to the event, just time, connections, inspiration and motivation on their journey of 13,000 miles. I am happy to have played a small part in this historic event PRE 911 world. Download their flyer (www.hempcar.org has recently been deleted? sad - 7/11/17)

The hemp car arrives at Steve Groffs No-Til Farm - Shawn meet's the car & Grayson & Kelli Zeigler tell us about this journey - PRE - 911....

Hemp Car

 Shawn's introduction speech -

 

LA Times Article About Hemp Ban 2003

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2003 - April Published earlier I got a call from an Los Angeles Times newspaper reporter during the time that we were raising a ruckus about this arbitrary rule, the DEA was telling us to get rid of our hemp seed. We shipped out some Sourdough Hempzels & here it is in part of the article. 

Natural foods Merchandiser Retailers Left hanging

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Quoted early 2003 when Hempzels was a signature to the suit against the DEA sponsored by Dr. Bronners Soaps & other HiA members who were being hurt by this un Constitutional way of trying to ban a legitimate natural right. Below - during a rally throughout the US sponsored by Dr. Bronners & the Hemp Industries Assocation we gave samples and ralled in front of the DEA regional offices that hemp foods were not going to get people high. Hempzels has been a signator of TestPledge since 2001.

Pretzels With a Twist Local News July 28 2003

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  July 28, 2003 - Business Monday. Taken inside the warehouse of the Red Rose Trading Company downtown Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Pre downtown Baseball Park in Lancaster City. Jane believed in what I was doing and provided a place for me to continue building a business. RRT still packs the hemp seed in an Organic Certified - Lancaster County Kosher Certified - Solar & Radiant heated.

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Students Compete for pretzel design

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My selection as best design for Hempzels Soft Pretzel box - a class effort at Lancaster School of Arts (more information will be added to this for student & teachers name) great concept, unfortunately nothing was produced from this effort. These are the 2 top winners out of 13 submissions.

Lancaster New Interview 2004

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An interesting article from January 2004 interviewed while setting up at the Pennsylvania Farm Show - nice article but some of the quotes are not correct. I didn't say hemp was a "billion dollar crop" in Lancaster County but had shown the reporter the article from Popular Mechanics 1937 calling hemp the "New Billion Dollar Crop" - pictured is the old labelsf for Sourdough Hempzel Pretzels.

 

The Network

Hemp Heals Music Fest 2012 Shawn of Hempzels Speaks

<p> Off the cuff I was honored to be one of the speakers for the East Coast Hemp Heals Event instigated by Riles Cote a former Philadelphia Flyer - the "Enforcer" who is a firm believer in hemp for healing. My talk to the crowd - thanks Les Stark for capturing this moment in 2012 - I spoke again in 2013 - if you have a copy - contact us. Thanks.

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