Pubdate: Tue, 01 Mar 2016
Source: Pottstown Mercury (PA)
Copyright: 2016 The Mercury, a Journal Register Property
Author: Brian McCullough


Andrew Follett Introduces 'Cannagenix' Line of Hemp Foods With Plans 
to Grow His Own

"My end goal in this journey is to have large acreage of a variety of 
hemp strains tailored to specific industry, and a processing plant 
capable of a broad spectrum of product-specific processing." - Andrew 
Follett, owner of Follett Health Solutions LLC

Andrew Follett is like many entrepreneurs in the area: young, 
energetic, with a burning desire to talk about his newest venture.

But unlike those who have created the latest app or video game, 
Follett has a public relations hurdle to clear before his startup can 
become a success.

That's because Follett Health Solutions LLC sells the "highest 
quality hemp foods and ingredients, to retail, food service, bulk 
customer, as well as end consumer product manufactures."

But before readers get the idea that Follett is pushing to legalize 
the use of marijuana in food products, he hopes they take time to 
educate themselves on a product that is as old as the nation.

"It is part of the American dream," the 30-year-old Exton resident 
and father of one said last week during an interview at the Liberty 
Union Bar and Grill in Chester Springs, which uses one of Follett's 
products on one of its most popular pizzas. "We never would have 
gotten our independence without it. We never would have had our 
liberty and freedom."

According to supporters, George Washington grew hemp, as did Thomas 
Jefferson and John Adams on their lands.

While hemp and marijuana are two popular names for the cannabis 
plant, hemp contains very little of the THC compound that gives 
marijuana its psychoactive qualities.

And its versatility makes it one of the most valued, under-utilized 
plants available, said Follett, who is originally from Downingtown.

It can be used in flooring products, composite materials, plastics, 
paper, Hempcrete building materials, food products for human 
consumption, livestock and poultry feed, horse bedding, biofuels, 
land remediation, cover crops, and more.

Follett said there's a company in Florida that has built an entire 
car with hemp while Nissan and Mercedes use it in door panels, he said.

Others are using it instead of fish oil products, which many people 
ingest to lower bad cholesterol levels.

"We literally can save our oceans," Follett said. "There's not an 
industry right now that can't use hemp."

Follett has chosen food products as his initial entree into the business.

His "Cannagenix" brand hemp foods include Hemp Protein Powder, Hemp 
Hearts, Toasted Hemp Seed and Gluten Free Hemp Flour.

Current customers span the spectrum, from organic ranchers in the 
Midwest, to restaurateurs on the East Coast, he said.

Locally, in addition to the Liberty Union Bar and Grill, Follett's 
hemp-based products are found at the Nourish Juice Bar and Cafe in 
Kennett Square, the Station Taproom in Downingtown, the Lionville 
Natural Pharmacy and the Nourish Juice Bar and Cafe in Kennett 
Square. It's also available on and

Liberty Union Bar and Grill owner Steve Schwenk said his restaurant 
features an all-American menu that includes dishes from each state. 
When an item from one of the states featured is particularly popular, 
it stays on the menu. Such was the case with the Colorado pizza, 
which features elk sausage and hemp seeds.

"It caught on, it has a nice crunch to it," Schwenk said. "It's one 
of the more popular items on the menu."

While optimistic about the success of his current line, Follett has 
bigger hemp dreams.

One of Follett's goals is to get Pennsylvania to join the other 
states that now allow farmers to grow hemp - the practice had been 
banned for about 80 years.

There are two bills awaiting votes in the Pennsylvania General 
Assembly: Senate Bill 50 and House Bill 967. Both bills attempt to 
align Pennsylvania law with current federal law, supporters say. The 
federal farm bill passed in 2014 allows farmers to grow hemp if they 
are affiliated with a university research program or are licensed by 
their state departments of agriculture - provided those states have 
passed pro-hemp legislation.

Follett has been licensed by the Pennsylvania Departments of Health 
and Agriculture. He notes that interstate commerce involving hemp is 
still illegal, meaning he must import the hemp used in his products 
from Canada or Europe.

My end goal in this journey is to have large acreage of a variety of 
hemp strains tailored to specific industry, and a processing plant 
capable of a broad spectrum of product-specific processing," he said 
"I started my brand with many goals in mind ... I not only want to 
create the markets here in Pennsylvania for hemp products, I also 
want to create a national brand to give new 'hempsters' a starting 
point and product line to get hemp into their own local markets."
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