The letter below is from Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO 3rd 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. Russ Carnahan
(D-MO 3rd District)
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October 26, 2009
Thank you for contacting me to share your support for H.R. 1866, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009. I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to respond.
As you know, H.R. 1866 would amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana and would allow states to regulate the growing and processing of industrial hemp. Several states currently allow for industrial hemp farming, but the federal classification of hemp as a controlled substance has prevented farmers from growing hemp.
Due to your interest in this issue, I think you would be pleased to know that I have supported allowing states to regulate dispensaries of medical marijuana without interference from federal drug enforcement agents.
Currently, H.R. 1866 has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Judiciary Committee. Please be assured that I will keep your views in mind if this legislation should come before the full House for consideration.
Once again, thank you for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to contact me again on this or any other issue of concern.