The letter below is from Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) to a Vote Hemp supporter in reply to a letter asking her to introduce a Senate version of H.R. 1866, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
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February 1, 2010
Thank you for contacting me about industrial hemp and hemp farming. I appreciate hearing from you, and welcome the opportunity to respond.
Introduced by Representative Ron Paul of Texas, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009 (H.R. 1866) would exclude "industrial hemp" from the definition of "marijuana." The legislation would also grant states exclusive authority to permit the growing and processing of industrial hemp.
While possible reform works its way through the legislative process, the current law is zero-tolerance for any crop containing tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. Any hemp with THC content is subject to enforcement as a controlled substance.
I understand the many potential uses of hemp and will consider these potential uses should this or any similar legislation be considered by the full Senate during the 111th Congress.
Again, thank you for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance to you on this or any other issue.
United States Senator
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