The letter below is from Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA 30th 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. Henry Waxman
(D-CA 30th District)
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September 30, 2009
Thank you for contacting me to express your support for H.R. 1866, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009. I appreciate your taking the time to be in touch.
Although the U.S. government permitted hemp to be grown for fiber and oil during World War II, the crop has otherwise been illegal in the United States since 1937 due to psychoactive levels of tetrahydrocannabinols (THC) contained in some varieties. While there has been increased interest in legalizing hemp production in the United States, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) have opposed legalization.
As you know, H.R. 1866 would amend the Controlled Substances Act to distinguish between industrial hemp and marijuana and allow each state to decide whether to permit industrial hemp to be grown. H.R. 1866 is pending action in the House Judiciary Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee, and you can count on me to keep your support in mind when it is considered.
To learn more about my work in Congress or sign up for periodic e-mail updates, please visit www.waxman.house.gov and http://energycommerce.house.gov.
Again, thank you for contacting me and I hope you will continue to keep in touch on all matters of concern.
With kind regards, I am
HENRY A. WAXMAN
Member of Congress