The letter below is from Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL 12th 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. Adam Putnam
(R-FL 12th District)
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March 2, 2010
Thank you for contacting my office with regard to the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009 (H.R. 1866). I appreciate the time you took to write me on this legislation.
Introduced by Representative Ron Paul (TX-14), this bill would amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of "marihuana."
The legislation specifically defines "industrial hemp" to mean the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-nine tetrahydrocannabinol concentration that does not exceed 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis. It would also grant exclusive authority to state regulating bodies with regard to the growing and processing of industrial hemp, and in any legal proceeding, to determine whether any such plant meets that concentration limit.
As you know, the federal Controlled Substances Act outlaws the cultivation, distribution, or possession of marijuana. The control of certain mind-altering substances has been a public policy goal of the federal government and the focus of congressional legislative efforts for more than a century.
H.R. 1866 would address the increased use of hemp in industrial and commercial items and goods that range from the obscure inner- makeup of car doors to common lotions and soaps, and the inability of U.S. businesses to participate in this growing market.
The Industrial Hemp Farming Act has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary and House Committee on Energy and Commerce, where it awaits further consideration. While I am not a member of these Committees, I will keep your thoughts in mind as I review the details of the legislation.
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May God continue to bless America.
Member of Congress