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HIS-TORY Hempzels In the News Media

I was featured in the Lancaster County New Era in 1997 - 20 years ago at the ECO-AG Conference in the Lancaster Host Resort - a little bit of history - more to be added near the end - 

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;

 

October 2015 Industrial Hemp Bill SB50 out of Committee

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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."

Read more: October 2015 Industrial Hemp Bill SB50 out of Committee

CBS21 News Visit Dec 2018

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Yes the laws are changing after all these years so the reporters call me to ask how's it affecting your business - they take some pictures, Brian learned a lot like the reporters before him, saw the products and reported to the Susquahanna Valley - Hemp is being grown in Pennsylvania - woohoo.

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After interviewing the PSU staff about growing hemp their 2nd year - they asked me how I felt - very happy. Yes!

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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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