The letter below is from Rep. Michael Michaud (D-ME 2nd 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. Michael Michaud
(D-ME 2nd District)
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November 6, 2009
Thank you for contacting me in support of H.R. 1866, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009. I appreciate hearing from you.
As you may know, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act would amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana under the Act. Industrial hemp is redefined to mean the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant with a delta-nine tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration that does not exceed 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.
I believe that we must continually look for ways to diversify and expand our agricultural industry as a means to strengthen our economy. On April 4, 2009, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009 was referred to the House Committees on Energy and Commerce and on the Judiciary. Please know that I will keep your thoughtful comments in mind as relevant legislation comes before the House of Representatives.
Member of Congress