The letter below is from Rep. Ben Lujan (D-NM 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. Ben Lujan
(D-NM 3rd District)
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January 28, 2010
Thank you for contacting my office in Washington D.C. Discussing critical issues with my constituents is important to me.
The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009 was introduced in the 111th Congress by Representative Ron Paul, and is under review by the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. This bill would exclude industrial hemp which has a delta-nine tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of less than 0.3 percent from the definition of marijuana according to the Controlled Substance Act.
Currently, sixteen states allow the farming of industrial hemp, and several more that have removed barriers for research on it. A 2000 study conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture stated that, "The U.S. market for hemp fibers is, and will likely remain, a small, thin market." While I am not on the Committees currently reviewing this legislation, I will keep your views in mind should it come before the House for a vote.
Again, thank you for contacting my office and expressing your opinion on this matter. Please feel free to contact my offices in the future if I can assist you in any way, or to provide additional comments or concerns. To find more information regarding current legislation, services I can offer, or ways my office can be helpful to you, please visit my website at: www.lujan.house.gov.
Rep. Ben Ray Luján
United States House of Representatives