The letter below is from Rep. Peter Visclosky (D-IN 1st 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. Peter Visclosky
(D-IN 1st District)
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August 27, 2009
Thank you for contacting me to express your support for H.R. 1866, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009. I appreciate hearing from you.
Introduced by Rep. Ron Paul, H.R. 1866 would amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from provisions regarding marihuana. Specifically, the measure would define industrial hemp to mean the plant Cannabis sativa with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration that does not exceed 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis. H.R. 1866 also would allow a state to regulate the growing and processing of industrial hemp within its borders.
H.R. 1866 was referred to the House Committees on Energy and Commerce and the Judiciary, where it is currently pending consideration. The measure has 12 cosponsors and a companion measure has not been introduced in the Senate.
Thank you again for contacting me. Be assured that I will continue to monitor the progress of H.R. 1866 with your views in mind. Do not hesitate to let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.
Peter J. Visclosky
Member of Congress
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