The letter below is from Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL 14th 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. Bill Foster
(D-IL 14th District)
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March 30, 2010
Thank you for contacting me about H.R. 1866, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act. I am honored to represent you, and I appreciate your active participation in our legislative process. Your involvement makes democracy work better by helping me more effectively represent you and Illinois' Fourteenth District.
H.R. 1866, introduced by Rep. Ron Paul, amends the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana.
In the United States due to the psychoactive properties of some varieties of cannabis, the production of all forms of cannabis has been outlawed since the late 1930's. Despite some states allowing the production of cannabis for industrial use, the federal ban supersedes any state allowing any production.
As a strong advocate for the people that work on the nearly 7,000 farms in the 14th Congressional District, I continue to work to ensure they have the resources available for their continued success as farmers. It is often argued that allowing the farming of hemp will support the family farmer by giving them more diversity in what they are able to use. I will keep your thoughts in mind should H.R. 1866 come before the House of Representatives.
Hearing from the families I serve is vital to doing my job right. Thanks again for taking the time to share your concerns and I hope you keep in touch with me on this or any other issue you feel important. To stay informed of my work, or to sign up for my electronic newsletters, please visit my Web site at http://foster.house.gov. Please contact me if I can help you in the future. You can reach my office in Batavia toll free at (866) 324-6128, my office in Dixon at (815) 288-0680 or my office in Washington toll free at (866) 777-6670.
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