The letter below is from Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA 41st 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. Jerry Lewis
(R-CA 41st District)
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September 24, 2009
Thank you for contacting me regarding H.R. 1886, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act. I appreciate your input and the opportunity to respond to your concerns.
Introduced by my colleague Rep. Ron Paul (TX), H.R. 1886 would amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of "marijuana." It 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 would grant a state the regulatory power to determine whether any such plant meets that concentration limit.
Currently, the bill is awaiting further action in the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health. I have a strong belief that agriculture is the engine that keeps America running. As we continue to move through the legislative process I look forward to hearing debate on the pros and cons of legalizing the growth of hemp domestically.
Once again, thank you for correspondence. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me on this or any other issue that comes up.
Member of Congress