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Friday, September 22, 2017

Loving the Soft Hempzel Swirls

20 Years & It's Hempened - Pennsylvania Farmers Plant Hemp

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Wow - 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 voting power to make this happen sooner than later.

Hemp Milk? It's healthy and legal as hemp cereal

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http://www.post-gazette.com/food/2007/05/02/Hemp-milk-It-s-healthy-and-legal-as-hemp-cereal/stories/200705020301

Hemp milk? It's healthy and legal as hemp cereal

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Got milk?  Soy milk makers follow hemp's lead

Part of the health appeal of hemp milk is its naturally occurring omega fatty acids, as well as fiber. It's probably not a coincidence that soy milk makers are now offering soy milks with both.

Silk just came out with Silk Plus Fiber with five grams of fiber and Silk Plus Omega-3 DHA with the vegetarian omega 3 docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

Odwalla's new "Soy Smart" line (in chai, vanilla and chocolate) also includes omega 3 DHA.

They're going to be so fortifying some Horizon Organic dairy milk, too.

-- Bob Batz Jr.

   

Oh, we got milk all right.

In addition to whole, two-percent and one-percent fat, skim and super skim, we now also can choose to have organic milk, hormone-free milk, lactose-free milk, soy milks in a rainbow of flavors, rice milk, even almond milk.

Add to the list of nondairy alternatives, with an emphasis on alternative, "hemp milk."

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Hemp Seller Goes to Bat Against the DEA Rules

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Posted by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on December 04, 2001 at 12:34:28 PT
By David Griffith, Intelligencer Journal Staff 
Source: Intelligencer Journal  hemp A Lancaster County businessman who sells hemp pretzels will hand out samples to Drug Enforcement Agency workers as they break for lunch today at their federal office building in Philadelphia.

Shawn Patrick House, who operates Lancaster Trading House, said Monday he will also hold a press conference at the downtown Philadelphia site to protest action by the DEA that has effectively outlawed hemp food products. The hemp products sometimes contain THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. His protest is part of a nationwide effort organized by the Hemp Industries Association in more than 80 cities.

"This is an agricultural issue. This is not a drug issue," House said. "They want to further define THC in natural products. They don't recognize what the Canadian government has set as a standard, which is 10 parts per million, and that's like an olive in a boxcar."

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Hempzels History Since 2000

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It all started with Ralph Amato, Mark Tucci & Don Riese, back in 1996, Ralph financed the business of No Problem Inc. which originally worked wtih a Jamacian artist who would hand batik hemp clothe which was customized to a customers patern, wedding dresses, shirts, slacks and original art. A brainstorm between the 3 at the introduction of hemp seed meal from Canada prompted an experiment with hand rolled Sourdough pretzels at a bakedry in heart of Snack Food Nirvana. A run of nuggets was done with a major manufacturer of these pretzels with hemp seed meal, cool concept but the grit of the seed meal didn't make them repeat customers.  Through the industry of hemp entrepreneuers gathering and sharing information, Ralph, Mark, Don & Shawn House went to California for the Hemp Industries Association conference and through the enlightenment of Richard Rose who introduced from German origin the dehulled hemp seed to the group, Ralph and group when backed & changed the formulation and had bags produced in 3 oz sizes - Hempzels(tm) pre 2000. More to be added.

10/2000

Hempzels™ signs pledge www.testpledge.com (0% THC) in any pretzels.

July 2001

 

Hemp Car Arrives in Hempfield Township, sponsored by Hempzels™ & many other companies -  starts a 13,000 mile journey the USA & Canada on Hemp Bio-Diesel Fuel. Enjoy Hemp Historian Les Stark talking about hemp in Pennsylvania. 

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They tried to ban hemp pretzels

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How To Hurt A New Business - Scare them - Hemp Foods To Be Banned! 2000-2004

Just after 2001 the DEA tried to put ambigous language in the Federal Registry - a way of circumventing Congresses Constitutional duty to make laws. The language was "any" regarding the levels of "THC" in food products. Hemp foods have no THC that will affect a "false postive" for THC in your system from ingesting a resinous form of cannabis or slang - pot. Hemp is not a drug crop BUT this new industry that we had put our savings & lifes work into could be jeapordized by a crafty lawyer & litegent who might claim he or she ingested a hemp pretzel or other product & failed a test for employement all due to a thought that Hempzels had THC in their pretzels.....how was this announced?

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2015 Pennsylvania Farm Show Senator Folmer

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Our 10th year and I think the last years we've sown a lot of seeds that have taken root. Saturday Senator Folmer (R) and Senator Schwank(D) both presented SB50 the Pennsylvania Industrial Farm Bill Act - taking the Federal Governments persmission to get pilot programs into the States who want to see where hemp fills in. Both Senators stopped by the booth to show their constituents and Pennsylvania Citizens what we have to look forward to as the laws prohibiting hemp farming are repealed.

thanks to both this is a Bi-Partisan Effort
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Monday our good friends at WEEE radio Mike interviewed Shawn for an update on what's been going on - a lot of folks heard the interview and came down to get Hempzelized at our booth 5000-1 in the Pennsylvania Market Place.

This year we no longer had the Pepsi fridge but that kept me to 2 booths vs 3 to show folks what we had to offer.

We officially had our Hempzels(tm) Soft 8 Pack Pretzel Bags finished the day before the show started - the bakery baked the freshly baked hemp swirls and we loaded up the freezer & sampled and sold a few 3 pack hot soft Swirls & a good amount of frozen swirls got taken home. Hempzel Customer Missions ? ask their local stores to pick up the product. (pictures) (videos)

 

House Rep Eric Nelson at the Hempzels Booth 2017

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Thanks to Representatives Michael Folmer and now Representative Eric Nelson from the Pittsburgh area for coming out in full support of agricultural hemp - test plots are being grown in Pennsylvania for pulling toxins out of the ground for brownfields in Westmoreland county, Schuykil and more. 

My hemp message

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Folks I hope this information presented helps you understand a little bit more about a crop that hasn't been taught in our public school much. It does not contain every fact & does stress the Hempzels history from the late 1990's until now. This time line will continue to be updated & eventually formatted so you can print it out easily - be patient. You can see for yourself what this amazing plant has gone through and how politics corrupted our understanding growing up and reduced our civil liberties. The real confusion started in the early 1930's with the Federal Government referring  to cannabis whether sativa, indica, rudelis  in racial,  derogatory slang terms "marijuana". Prior to that the Federal Government & USDA had hemp listed in the farm yearbooks as any other needed crop. Cannabis was medicine or recreation & hemp was industrial and the hearty crop that produced fiber, seed & oil for a growing free nation. So start saying "know" right now & verify this information for yourself. - Contact your local congressional representative to Co-Sponsor andy   "Industrial Farming Act "....     Thank You!

 With a team rich in knowledge, please contact us if you need a speaker for your next event.

Premium Ale Deserve Premium Pretzels

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When a great pretzel is made, darker grain compared to the others, full flavor & heck actually one with higher protein & some Omega 3's - pair it up with a cratt home style beer or ale or whatever your fancy is & you have part of the equation to responsible drinking - eating great Hempzels(tm) with that beer.

Since 1998 in the mid-atlantic region you might have seen the Hempzels(tm) crew serving up hot hemp pretzels & mustard. The longest shows are: Atlantic City Celebration of the Suds but if you have an event you think we should be at - Email or call & let's make it happen.

 

Protein Powder

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Hemp Seed Protein Powder

50% Protein 16 gm per serving

 

Nature offers hemp seed to man as another plant based source for natural vitamins, minerals, digestible protein fiber and more. Use Hempzel's pure protein powder in shakes, smoothies or add to your favorite recipe and boost your dietary need.

2 lbs. - $24.95

Contact us for bulk purchase options.

 

Nutrition Facts (Per 32 g serving (4 tbsp)

Calories 130 (Calories from Fat 35)
Total Fat 3.5 g      5%
Saturated 0 g         0%
+Trans/ trans 0 g
Polyunsaturated 3 g
Omega-6    2 g
Omega-3   0.7 g
Momounsaturated  0 g
Cholesterol 0 g      0%
Sodium 0 g            0%
Potassium 420 mg  12%
Carbohydrate 8 g    3%
Dietary Fiber 6 g     24%
Soluble Fiber 0 g
Insoluble Fiber 5 g
Sugar 1 g
Protein 16 g
Calcium 6%
Iron 40%
Vitamin E 2%
Thiamin 30%
Riboflavin 8%
Naicin 10%
Vitamin B6 25%
Folate 20%
Phosphorus 60%
Magnesium 60%
Zinc 25%
Copper 35%
Manganese 240%
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Revonah Sourdough Plain Pretzels

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Revonah - Hanover spelled backwards has been producing the Hempzels hand rolled Sourdough pretzels since 1997 - now you can purchase their pretzels along with Hempzels, in 8oz or 12oz bags - crunchy with a longer shelf life since there is no hemp seed, flour or brown rice flower added to the "traditional" Sourdough Pretzel.

 

Why hemp seed?

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Hemp plus pretzels started "Hempzels(tm)" in the late 1990's, using the whole seed, crushed into flour, along with the hemp oil depending on the product line. All legally imported - non drug varieities of hemp seed that you can consumer by themselves without the complex carbs from the wheat in our hand made pretzels. In Lancaster County we also have the whole seed ground into a tahini type hemp seed butter under Natalieschoice.com.

Hemp adds a "nutty" flavor, darkness to the grain, increases protein levels and other nutrition from this gluten free grain. It's not a nut but a vegetable. Packaged in a Pennsylvania Organic Ceftified Facility across the river from Hempfield Township our seed is packaged for the market & bakeries. 


Hemp Seed is imported & packaged in a Pennsylvania Certified Organic Facility that is powered by Solar and Thermal. Located across the river from Hempfield Township. .Re-Certified by Rabbi Green Kosher & Gluten Free.

 

Hemp For Victory 1940

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USDA 1940's production war time film encouraging farmers to grow industrial hemp. The Government originally denied this film ever exsisted - thanks to Jack Herer's work & perserverance it is avialabe today. Enjoy - about 13 minutes long

 

 

Hemp History 1865 - 1910

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1861
{footnote] – Lexington KY – Battle of the Hempfields – Civil War Excerpt: There are many claimants for the credit of having first suggested the hemp-bale strategy. General Harris's official report says: "I directed the bales to be wet in the river to protect them against the casualties of fire of our troops and of the enemy, but it was soon found that the wetting so materially increased the weight as to prevent our men, in their exhausted condition, from rolling it to the crest of the hill. I then adopted the idea of wetting the hemp after it had been transported to its position…
October 8 1862
MORMON HEMP HISTORY  Journal of Discourses Volume 10,pg 121 George Albert Smith I hope that all that has been said by the brethren in reference to the culture of hemp, flax, indigo, and in fact all that will tend to build up Zion will be attended to, for let it be remembered that it is coming to this necessity of producing for ourselves or go without, and the question resolves itself in to the simple proposition, "Clothes or no clothes." We must make our own woolen, flax, hemp and cotton good or we must go naked. We cannot get these articles much longer from the States, according to the present prospect. The vengeance of the Almighty is sweeping the land with the besom of destruction; millions of men are forsaking their industrial pursuits for the purpose of destroying each other. Let us each and all attend to this, that the beauty of our garments may be the beauty of the workmanship of our own hands, or we shall find ourselves without many of the necessaries of life altogether
1870
Lancaster County Pennsylvania  Reports 230 tons of hemp still grown in Lancaster County Pennsylvania
1842
1896
Several [varieties of hemp] are grown in this country, that cultivated in Kentucky and having a hollow stem, being the most common. China hemp, with slender stems, growing very erect, has a wide range of culture. Smyrna hemp is adapted to cultivation over a still wider range and Japanese hemp is beginning to be cultivated, particularly in California, where it reaches a height of 15 feet. Russian and Italian seed have been experimented with, but the former produces a short stalk, while the latter only grows to a  medium height. A small quantity of Piedmontese hemp seed from Italy was distributed by the Department in 1893, having been received through the Chicago Exposition...." Dodge, C. A. 1896. A report on the culture of hemp and jute in the United States. USDA Office of Fiber Investigations   Report No. 8. p.7.
1890
There is a reasonable prospect of establishing an extensive hemp industry in the United States on new lines, involving the use of either a taller variety or two crops of the short variety, growing the crop on large areas of cheap land, plowing deep, putting on the necessary fertilizers, reaping and breaking by machinery, and using the process of water retting :REPORT OF THE SECRETARY - HEMP James Wilson, Secretary  Dept of Agriculture End of page  64
1891
A variety of cannabis and hashish extracts were the first second, and third most prescribed medicines in the United States

A variety of cannabis and hashish extracts were the first, second, and third most prescribed medicines in the United States.

1891
W. H. Holmes an ethnologist for the Smithsonian Institute recovers a large piece of hemp fabric buriedwith a man at an archeological dig in Morgan County, TENNESSE.
1892
Rudolph Diesel invented diesel engine intended to  specifically run on vegetable & seed oils.
1894
The Report of the Indian Hemp Drug Commission,  running to over three thousand pages in seven volumes, is published. This inquiry, commissioned by the British government, concluded: "There is no evidence of any weight regarding the mental and moral injuries from the moderate use of these drugs. .. . . Moderation does not lead to excess in hemp any more than it does in alcohol. Regular, moderate use of ganja or bhang produces the same effects as moderate and regular doses of whiskey." The commission's proposal to tax bhang is never put into effect, in part, perhaps, because one of the commissioners, an Indian, cautions that Moslem law and Hindu custom forbid"taxing anything that gives pleasure to the poor."
1896
USDA – 1895-1896 Yearbook US Dept of Ag - Author: Gilbert H. Hicks; Asst, Div. of Botany, USDA End of Pgs 198 -,Hemp notwithstanding its oily content, loses its germinative power quickly, usually by the end of one year; hence only fresh seed should be sown. Neither cracked nor dull-looking seed will germinate well. Hemp culture in America is mostly confined to Kentucky and Missouri, principally the former State. The value of hemp for fiber, birdseed, and oil would seem to make its cultivation a very profitable one.
1901
USDA – 1901 Page taken from US Department of Agriculture Yearbook showing the varieties of hemp.
1902
"In Nebraska, where the [hemp] industry is being established, a new and important step has been taken in cutting the crop with an ordinary mowing machine. A simple attachment which bends the stalks over in the direction in which the machine is going facilitates the cutting... The cost of cutting hemp in this manner is 50 cents per acre, as compared with $3 to $4 per acre, the rates paid for cutting by hand in Kentucky." USDA. 1902. Yearbook of Agrt. p. 23.
1905
"The most important fact to be recorded in connection with the hemp industry during the past year is the successful operation of a machine brake in the fields of Kentucky. This machine breaks the retted stalks and cleans the fiber, producing clean, straight fiber equal to the best grades prepared on hand brakes, and it has a capacity of 1000 pounds or more of clean fiber per hour. So far as we have any record, this is the first machine having sufficient capacity to be commercially practical that has cleaned bast fiber in an entirely satisfactory manner." USDA1905 Report  Office  Fiber Investigations.Bureau PlantIndustry.p 145
1910
FIBER INVESTIGATIONS - HEMP & FLAX 1909 Yearbook of the US Dept of Agriculture Many plant fibers and many questions pertaining to fiber production have been investigated during the past year, but attention has been directed especially to hemp and flax, which, aside from cotton, are regarded as the most promising fiber-producing plants for this country.

 

 

Hemp History 1915 - 1935

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1915

California Outlaws Cannabis

October 8, 1862

 

 

 

 

1916

USDA Bulletin #404 calls for a new program to expand hemp to replace uses of timber in industry.

1917

THE SEED SUPPLY OF THE NATION - HEMP “Hemp must be specially planted for seed production, and in view of the increasing importance of the crop, seed production should be strongly encouraged. Chile offers possibilities in this connection, but for the present our efforts should be exerted at home. Our planting requirements, based on the acreage of 1917, are about 2,100,000 pounds of seed”  1917 Yearbook of the USDA Author: R.A. Oakley, Agronomist in Charge of Seed Distribution, Bureau of PlantIndustry Pages: 526-527

1917

American George W. Schlichten patented a new machine for separating the hemp fiber from the internal woody core (“hurds”), reducing the labor cost 100 times and increasing fiber yield by 60 times. That combined with new technology to fashion paper and plastics from hemp derived cellulose,

1918

"Early maturing varieties, chiefly of Italian origin, are being grown at Madison, Wisconsin, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station. This is the third year of selection for some varieties, and the results give promise of the successful production in that State of seed of hemp fully equal to the Ferrara of northern Italy." USDA. Bureau of Plant Industry. 1918. Report of the Chief. p. 28

1918

When the work with hemp was begun in Wisconsin, there were no  satisfactory machines for harvesting, spreading, binding, or breaking. All of these processes were performed by hand. Due to such methods, the hemp  industry in the United States had all but disappeared. As it was realized from the very  beginning of the work in Wisconsin that no permanent progress could be made so long as it was necessary to  depend upon hand labor, immediate attention was given to solving the problem of power machinery. Nearly every kind of hemp machine was studied and tested. The obstacles were great, but through the cooperation of experienced hemp men and one large harvesting machinery company, this problem has been nearly solved. The hemp crop can now be handled entirely by machinery."  Wright, Andrew. 1918. Wisconsin's Hemp Industry. Wisconsin Ag Experiment Station Bulletin # 293. p.5.

1918

1917 Yearbook USDA Author: W.W. Stockberger, Physiologist in Charge of Drug-Plant and Poisonous-Plant Investigations,Bureau of Plant Industry Pages: Excerpts from 169 & 171 PRODUCTION OF DRUG-PLANT CROPS IN THE UNITED STATES Medicinal plants have been cultivated in the United States for more than two centuries. Only a few decades have elapsed since healing herbs shared with small fruits and vegetables a place in every kitchen garden, and in certain localities their production and sale at one time formed the basis of small industries. In time, however, the numerous convenient preparations obtainable at every drug store rendered the domestic herb garden no longer necessary, and the great development of foreign commerce made it possible to obtain supplies of most crude drugs from sources where the cost of production was less than in this country. 1917 Yearbook USDA Author: W.W. Stockberger, Physiologist in Charge of Drug-Plant and Poisonous-Plant Investigations, Bureau of Plant Industry Pages: Excerpts from 169 & 171.Cannabis is now grown commercially as a side line by a few farmers in South Carolina and by occasional individuals in some other States. Two large drug manufacturers also grow sufficient cannabis for their own needs. Considerable technical skill is required to produce cannabis of a quality that will meet the standard requirements for this drug. Cannabis grown in some localities is deficient in the active principles upon which its value depends, and preliminary tests to determine the quality of the product are therefore always advisable before  planting this crop on a commercial scale

1919

Texas outlaws Cannabis - Senator said on the floor of the Senate: "All Mexicans are crazy, and this stuff [marijuana] is what makes them crazy."

1920

"The work of breeding improved strains of hemp is being continued at Arlington Farm, Va., and all previous records were broken in the selection plats of 1919. The three best strains, Kymington, Chington and Tochimington, averaged, respectively, 14 feet 11 inches, 15 feet 5”, and 15 feet 9 inches, while the tallest individual plant was 19 feet. The improvement by selection is shown not alone in increased height but also in longer internodes, yielding fiber of better quality and increased quantity." USDA. Bureau of Plant Industry.1920  Report of the Chief

1921

"The organized hemp growers of Wisconsin, working in cooperation with the field agent of fiber investigations [Andrew Wright], have so improved the quality and standardized the grades of hemp fiber produced there that it has found a market even in dull times. The hemp acreage in that State has been kept up, although there has been a reduction in every other hemp-producing area throughout the world." USDA. Annual Report  Dept of Ag:  p. 46.

1929

"In 1929 three selected varieties of hemp (Michigan Early, Chinamington and Simple Leaf) were grown in comparison with unselected common Kentucky seed near Juneau, Wis. Each of the varieties had been developed by 10 years or more of selection from the progeny of individual plants. The yields of fiber per acre were as follows: Simple Leaf, 360 pounds; Michigan Early, 694 pounds; Chinamington, 1054 lbs; common Kentucky, 680 pounds." USDA. 1929. Bureau of Plant Industry, Annual Report. p. 27.

1931

Andrew Mellon, Treasury Secretary and head of Bank of Pittsburgh, which loaned Dupont 80% of its money, appoints his nephew-in-law,  Harry J. Anslinger, to head newly formed Federal Bureau of Narcotics (later to become the DEA)

1935

"The hemp breeding work, carried on by the Bureau for more than 20 years, was discontinued in 1933, but practical results are still evident in commercial fields. A hemp grower in Kentucky reported a yield of 1750 pounds per acre of clean, dew-retted fiber from 100 acres of the pedigreed variety Chinamington grown in 1934. This is more than twice the average yield obtained from ordinary unselected hemp seed." USDA. 1935. Annual Reports Dept of Agriculture, p.6.

Hemp History 1937 - 1968

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1937

Congress Passes “Marijuana Tax Act”- Objections by the AMA & National Oil Seed Institute or rejected, AMA realized that “Marijuana” was in fact Cannabis or Hemp two days before the tax act goes into effect.

1937

Henry Anslinger had testified to Congress that "Marijuana is the most violence causing drug in the history of mankind."

1937

Mechanical Engineering 1937 – “HEMP & FLAX THE MOST PROFITABLE CROPS – FROM THE SEED TO THE LOOM”

1938

Popular Mechanics February 1938 – “NEW BILLION DOLLAR CROP” International Harvester Equipment To Revolutinize & Lower Cost of Commercial US Hemp Farming.

1938

Enos Scheaffer,81 ,arrested in Lancaster, Pennsylvania for growing hemp, quoted that he was growing seed for his chickens.

1938-42

The Japanese invade the Philippine's and cut off our Manila (Abaca) hemp supply. USDA Produces Film – HEMP FOR VICTORY!

1942

The U. S. government distributes 400,000 lb.. (pounds) of cannabis hemp seed to American farmers from Wisconsin to Kentucky

1942

American farmers produced 42,000 tons of hemp fiber per year. Plant 36,000 acres of seed hemp, an increase of several thousand percent from previous years.

1943

Colonel J.M. Phalen, editor of the *Military Surgeon*, declares in an editorial entitled "The Marijuana Bugaboo": "The smoking of the leaves, flowers, and seeds of Cannabis sativa is no more harmful than the smoking of tobacco. . . . It is hoped that no witch hunt will be instituted in the military service over a problem that does not exist." [Quoted in ibid. p. 234]

1944

New York Mayor LaGuardia's Marijuana Commission concludes that there is no link between cannabis and violence, instead citing beneficial effects of marijuana. Harry Anslinger goes berserk, denouncing Mayor LaGuardia and threatening doctors with prison terms should they dare to carry out independent research on cannabis

1947

The Yearbook of Agriculture; 1943-1947, USDA Author: H.A. Borthwick, USDA Senior Botanist in the Bureau of Plant Industry, Soils, and Agricultural Engineering  Pages: 282-283 DAY LENGTH AND FLOWERING – HEMP “New practices that can be used in breeding hemp have resulted from recent photoperiodic studies”……*excerpt – “a locality can be found in which the conditions are favorable to the  formation of these intersex male flowers on female plants in sufficient quantity that a good crop of seed could be obtained.“

1948

Harry Anslinger testifies before a red-baiting Congress that marijuana causes users to become peaceful, pacifistic "zombies." Anslinger warned that the Communists might use marijuana to weaken the fighting spirit of American troops during wartime. This was a complete reversal of earlier testimony; in 1937

1956

 

Fibres (Engineering and Chemistry) Author: Carl V. Feaster, Agronomist, Field Crops Research Branch, Ag Research Service, USDA “MONOECIOUS HEMP BREEDING IN THE UNITED STATES”The hemp breeding programme in the United States is being directed toward improvement of fibre quality through the development of strains with uniform maturity among plants. Present commercial varieties are dioecious, with the male plants returning about three weeks before the female plants. This results in fibre of different maturity and consequently less uniformity

1961

UN treaty allows for the cultivation of industrial hemp.

1964

Dr. Raphael Mechoulam of the University of Tel Aviv isolates THC Delta-9, the primary active ingredient in cannabis -- and one of at least 60 compounds found in cannabis that have therapeutic value

1968

 

Hemp History 1970 - 2000

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1970

Controlled Substance Act (CSA) lumps industrial hemp as marijuana, despite the fact that a specific exemption for hemp was included in the CSA under the definition of marijuana.“Marijuana Transfer Tax”(1938) declared unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court -


1972

the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse: “Marihuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding” Commissioned by President Richard M. Nixon, March, 1972   “Shafer Report” Former Republican Governor of Pennsylvania Raymond P. Shafer – End of report ,“ We have carefully analyzed the interrelationship between marihuana the drug, marihuana use as a behavior, and marihuana as a social problem. Recognizing the extensive degree of misinformation about marihuana as a drug, we have tried to demythologize it. Viewing the use of marihuana in its wider social context, we have tried to desymbolize it. Considering the range of social concerns in contemporary America, marihuana does not, in our considered judgment, rank very high. We would de-emphasize marihuana as a problem.”

1974

Dr. Heath conducts his infamous government-funded Rhesus monkey study at Tulane University, touted for years as "evidence" that marijuana causes brain damage. Dr. Heath would put an airtight gas mask on the monkey, strap it into a chair and force-toke the equivalent of 63 Colombian-strength joints over the course of five minutes.  The monkeys suffered brain damage, from suffocation and Carbon monoxide poisoning.

1976

The Ford Administration bans independent research and research by federal health programs on the use of natural cannabis derivatives for medicine. Private pharmaceutical corporations are allowed to do limited "no high" research using only THC Delta-9, ignoring other potentially beneficial active natural ingredients. Gov’t starts growing medicinal cannabis in Oxford Mississippi for Robert Randall.

1989

Presidential Executive Order: Chapter 15A Commerce and Foreign Trade ..” as the Secretary of Agriculture shall determine. For the purposes of this order, the term "agricultural commodities" shall also include all starches, sugars, fats and oils of animal, vegetable, or marine origin (including oil seeds and other oil bearing materials, fatty acids, soap and soap powder), cotton, tobacco, wool, hemp, flax fiber, and alcohol, and also such other commodities and products as the President may designate.

1991

Heating and compressing plant fibers can create practical, inexpensive, fire-resistant construction materials with excellent thermal and sound-insulating qualities. These strong plant fiber construction materials could replace dry wall and wood paneling. William B. Conde of Conde's Redwood Lumber, Inc. near Eugene, Oregon, in conjunction with Washington State University (1991-1993), has demonstrated the superior strength, flexibility, and economy of hemp composite building materials compared to wood fiber, even as beams.

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1994

President Clinton’s Executive Order 12919, NATIONAL DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL RESOURCES PREPAREDNESS. "Food resources" means all commodities and products, simple, mixed, or compound, or complements to such commodities or products, that are capable of being ingested by either human beings or animals, irrespective of other uses to which such commodities or products may be put, at all stages of processing from the raw commodity to the products thereof in vendible form for human or animal consumption. "Food resources" also means all starches, sugars, vegetable and animal or marine fats and oils, cotton, tobacco, wool, mohair, hemp, flax fiber, and naval stores, but does not mean any such material after it loses its identity as an agricultural commodity or agricultural product.

1996

Vermont legislator Fred Maslack is fuming that the nation's marijuana eradication program is little more than a pretext to destroy the nation's feral hemp genetic pool, left over from the World War II Hemp for Victory program  “It is no wonder the DEA is fighting hemp tooth and nail, because that is what their whole campaign is against; in the form of ditchweed. As far as the War on Drugs is concerned they would be better off pulling up goldenrod. This aspect shows what the DEA's real interest is. For as long as I've been following this data, ditch weed has been the issue, and it is a great fraud being perpetrated on the American people, because there is no drug potential in this stuff, DEA testimony notwithstanding. “They're misrepresenting what they're doing," he said. "It amounts to consumer fraud; it may all be labeled marijuana, but it certainly won't get you high. Personally I feel that my intelligence is being grievously insulted."

08/18/98 Costly -  Peqea Silver Mine Hemp Project 98: Good Article -

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1999

14 States Introduced Legislation In Favor Of Growing Hemp

04/07/99 Lancaster County Farmers Show Interest In Growing Hemp - Hemp Project - Lancaster News Farmers Show Interest In Hemp (Lancaster,PA)
04/11/99 Lancaster County Hemp Dreams - Mt Joy, PA Lancaster News Article
05/99 Sesame Sourdough Hempzel's awarded 2nd place for Best Pretzel in a blind taste test of 30 pretzel submissions - beat out by a chocolate covered pretzel rod from Ohio  - Food Distribution Magazine - Boca Raton Florida
1999

December 13, From The Business Wire.DEA PERMITS HAWAII TO PLANT INDUSTRIAL HEMP After three years, the dedication and tenacity of Hawaii State Representative Cynthia Thielen paid off last May when the legislation to conduct the research needed to initiate the recovery of the industrial hemp crop in the United States passed in Hawaii. Governor Cayetano signed the industrial hemp bill into law ….

july 2000

Assets of No Problem, Inc. owner of Hempzel Pretzels are purchased by SP House. First Soft Hemp Pretzels Are Started

2000

Lakota Indian Reservation: Alex Whiteplume,  plant hemp on their reservation with all local authorization – DEA comes in & cuts it all down. 2000-2002

2000

PA Farm Bureau Members Vote In Favor To “Grow, Process, Sell, Manufacturer Industrial Hemp” By Voice Vote

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DATE HEMP TIME LINE 8000BC -1825
8000BC

The earliest known woven fabric was made from wild hemp was carbon dated to this era. (Information  obtained from Jack Herer's book The Emperor Wears No Clothes. 1995, pg. 2. Where he quotes The Columbia History of the World, 1981, pg. 54) - Editor Note: R.I.P. Jack Herer - 4/15/2010 - I met Jack  in Washington DC, at an event - he loved Hempzels...a great patriot, greatly missed.

1000 B.C. 1883 A.D.

Cannabis hemp was the world largest grown cash crop. It was used to make fabric, lighting oil, paper, incense, medicines, and food.

400 BC

Pipes wrapped in hemp cloth containing cannabis residue were discovered in the Great Lakes and Mississippi Valley buried with Hopewell Mound Builders.

1619

In James town Colony, Virginia farmers were ordered by law to grow Indian Hemp.

1631  1800's

In most colonies of America cannabis hemp was legal tender (money) through out this time period. You could even pay your taxes with hemp for over 200 years.

1631

In Massachusetts farmers were ordered by law to grow Indian Hemp.

1632

In Connecticut farmers were ordered by law to grow Indian Hemp.

1681

William Penn founds Pennsylvania – encourages German farmer’s to come to America to grow hemp or in  German “Hanf”.

1683

Pennsylvania General Assembly passes “An Act for the Encouragement of Raising Hemp in Pa”

1685

William Penn issues the first agricultural report, observes hemp thriving in the colony.

1685

Thomas Budd urges every Pennsylvania farmer to grow 1 acre of flax & 2 acres of hemp

1720

John Gardner erects the first known hemp mill in Lancaster County at the mouth of the Chickies Creek.

1729

Lancaster County is formed and the original Hempfield Township is named for the vast quantities of hemp raised there.

1747

Ben Franklin observes that “most of our hemp comes from Conestoga” – Lancaster County, PA

1752

Source: The Bethlehem Oil Mill 1745-1934 German Technology in Early Pennsylvania Excerpt: “Although spinnable hemp could be produced by hand labor alone, softening the fibers by pounding them with a hammer was extremely arduous work. At Bethlehem this softening step was mechanized using water-powered equipment of traditional Germanic design. ThirtyfiveHemp stamping mills were built in the 1752 and the 1765 oil mill buildings, and in 1767-1768 a hemp roller mill was added. Many mechanical details of the two machines at the 1765 oil mill have survived so that we can clearly understand how they operated.”

1763-67

In Virginia you could be jailed, if you were a farmer, for not growing hemp during times of shortage.

1765

Lancaster County Farmer Writes Essay On Raising Hemp for Ben Franklin’s “Poor Richard’s Almanac”

1769

Lancaster County Encourages Everyone To do their Patriotic duty by raising hemp for self-sufficiency.

1775

Hemp first grown in Kentucky on April 25 ,in Boyle County.

1776

Declaration of Independence drafted on hemp paper.

1770

“Spinning Jenny” is invented and cotton prices fall dramatically,

1789

Lancaster & York Counties Send representatives to the First Federal Congress to urge a tariff on imported hemp to protect the home hemp industry at the time.

1794

George Washington visits David Witmer’s hemp mill in Paradise, Lancaster County Pennsylvania. His Quote "Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere." -President George Washington, 1794

1801

Canada, on behalf of the King of England, distributed seed free to farmers.

 

1824

 

“In 1824, domestic hemp was pitted against Russian hemp by rigging the USS Constitution on one side with American and the other with Russian grown hemp, 'and after being thus worn for nearly a year, it was found, on examination, that the Russian rope, in every instance, after being much worn, looked better and wore more equally and evenly than the American.' But the commander said, 'the difference between them was not so great as to warrant a declaration that the proof was conclusive in favor of the Russian.'" Dodge, C. A. 1896. A report on the culture of hemp and jute in the United States. USDA Office of Fiber Investigations.Report No. 8 p.15.

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