The letter below is from Rep. John Yarmuth to a Vote Hemp supporter in reply to a letter asking him to become a sponsor of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2007.
Rep. John Yarmuth
(D-KY 3rd District)
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June 13, 2008
Thank you for contacting me to express your support for H.R. 1009, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act. I appreciate hearing your views.
As you know, Rep. Ron Paul introduced H.R. 1009, which will amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of "marihuana." H.R. 1009 defines "industrial hemp" to mean the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant with a delta-nine tetrahydrocannabinol concentration that does not exceed .3 percent on a dry weight basis. It will also grant states regulating the growing and processing of industrial hemp exclusive authority, in any criminal or civil action or administrative proceeding, to determine whether any such plant meets that concentration limit. Currently, H.R. 1009 is pending approval by the House Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on Energy and Commerce. Although I do not serve on either of those Committees, please be assured I will continue to follow this issue closely and will keep your views close in mind.
Thank you again for taking the time to share your thoughts with me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about this or any other matter of concern to you. If you would like to learn more about my work in Washington and in Louisville, please visit my website at www.yarmuth.house.gov where you will find the latest news, my weekly schedule, video from hearings, and information about constituent services. You can also sign up for my e-newsletter to receive periodic updates on important issues and services for your family.
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