The letter below is from Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) to a Vote Hemp supporter in reply to a letter asking him to introduce a Senate version of H.R. 1866, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009.
Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT)
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February 11, 2010
Thank you for taking the time to contact me about industrial hemp grown for commercial purposes.
In 2001, the Montana Legislature approved a bill to recognize industrial hemp as an agricultural crop. This legislation also established a licensing procedure that allows local farmers to grow hemp commercially. An amendment to the bill requested that the federal government issue a "waiver that will allow this act to be effective without federal preemption."
As a former State Senator, I understand that Montana's lawmakers know what's best for Montanans. As these issues move forward in the process, I will be sure to keep your views in mind.
Please don't hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance.
United States Senator