The letter below is from Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO 7th District) to a Vote Hemp supporter in reply to a letter asking him to become a sponsor for the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009.
Rep. Ed Perlmutter
(D-CO 7th District)
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August 21, 2009
Thank you for contacting me about H.R. 1866, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act. I appreciate hearing from you on such an important issue because it enables me to better represent the beliefs and values of our district.
As it stands today, the United States does not legally distinguish between hemp and marijuana; both strains of the controlled Cannabis sativa plant. However, the hemp plant does not produce any adverse psychological effects, and it is legally imported by America in massive quantities for use in FDA-approved food and supplements. So far, no federal amendments to hemp policy have been made, though 16 states adopted legislation in favor of hemp production. Most recently this legislation was referred to the House Committees on Energy and Commerce and Judiciary, neither of which I am a member. Please rest assured I will keep your views in mind should this legislation come to the House floor for a vote.
I encourage you to continue to contact me about issues that are important to you. Please visit our website www.perlmutter.house.gov where you can also sign up for my electronic newsletter and receive periodic updates on my activities as your Representative in Washington.
Member of Congress