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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Interview at the bakery with owner of Hempzels

Interview in 2009 at the bakery for Sourdough Hempzels Hard Pretzels.

Sourdough Hempzel Pretzels

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ABC 27 News, House of Representatives passes bill out of committee

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Thanks to Representatives Russ Diamond (Hershey, PA) Republican a bill to legalize hemp is out of committee, ABC News 27 drove down to Hempzels HQ to get my opinion about this.

From the ABC News Website " A black and white picture from Hanover, Pennsylvania circa 1908 shows a farmer harvesting his field of hemp. Thirty years later, it was illegal to grow the plant. “Hemp was grown in Pennsylvania for hundreds of years and all of sudden, in the reefer madness craze of the 1930s, it got taken off the availability for farmers, so we are going to try and bring it back here in Pennsylvania,” state Rep. Russ Diamond (R-Lebanon) said. Diamond introduced House Bill 967 to create a pilot program for industrial hemp research. The plant could be grown in special programs under the Department of Agriculture and at universities. “It puts us in line with over two dozen other states who have already done this,” Diamond said.

“We can grow it right here and make our farmers wealthy again.”

“I think there is great potential to create jobs, protect the environment, and buy American hemp,” said Shawn House, CEO of Lancaster Trading House Inc. House sells hemp products, but he has to import the hemp from Canada.

“My company’s goal has always been to contract with Pennsylvania regional farmers,” he said. “We will never stop dealing with our Canadian counterparts because of the volume, but we definitely want it for the seed, for the nutritional aspect, to eat and to use in our soft pretzels, sour dough pretzels, and mustard.”

His only concern is limiting who can grow it. “We definitely want to make sure that it is open up to all universities,” House said. “I think that will inspire the kids to get back involved with agriculture.” House BIll 967 passed out of committee unanimously and is headed to the House floor for a vote. “We can grow it right here and make our farmers wealthy again,” Diamond said.


After the filming, I asked Kendra Nichols the ultimate professional reporter about what she thought;

 

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.

Pittsburgh Farm To Table WPXI Hempzelized.

It's nice to get noticed in Pittsburgh - they do have Westmoreland County & Hempfield Township also - WPXI TV News Radio came out to ask me why come to Pittsburgh? So I Hempzelized them - they liked the products and the story and the motive - let our farmers have the opportunity to grow hemp if they so choose. - Another part of the Just Say Know campaign and seeds got planted, folks got satisfied and we'll be coming back again in March.

 

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The Network

Italian Hemp Growing

 A great set of original postcards a series 1 through 10 in growing hemp via Italy.

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Our Hemp Seed Needs

Hemp plus pretzels - doesn't it make more sense to buy local? - We are committed. Hemp Seed, Hemp Flour, Hemp Oil for good foods.