Les Stark

Executive Director, Keystone Cannabis Coalition; Founding Member

Pennsylvania Hemp Industry Council

Les Stark is a Pennsylvania hemp historian who has spent thousands of hours researching the historic Pennsylvania hemp industry. He has documented the existence of hundreds of hemp mills throughout the state and uncovered an epic tale of the days when nearly every farmer in the state grew hemp.

Since 1997 he has been teaching this information to farmers, farm organizations, historical societies, community groups, the media, legislators and the general public. He is the author of Hempstone Heritage I and intends to publish an additional 600 pages of his research which will tell the full story of great historic Pa. hemp industry.

Les served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a tank crewman on the M60A1 tank from 1984-1987.

Although he has a deep passion for history, his true passion is in helping to rebuild the great hemp industry. His vision is to see hemp grown in every state and is eager to help create a thriving hemp industry that benefits farmers, the environment, business, manufacturers and creates jobs.