The letter below is from Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) 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. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)
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June 25, 2010
Thank you for contacting me in support of industrial hemp farming. I appreciate hearing from you on this issue.
Hemp and industrial hemp refer to varieties of Cannabis sativa, a plant species which has been a source of fiber and oilseed used worldwide to produce a variety of industrial and consumer products. Hemp fiber is amenable to use in a range of products, including carpeting, home furnishings, textiles and paper. Hemp fiber is also regulated under the Controlled Substance Act (CSA) as it is derived from the same plant as marijuana.
Earlier this year Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) introduced the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009" which would amend the CSA to add language stating that the term "marijuana" does not include industrial hemp. This legislation would permit industrial hemp production based on state law, without preemption by the federal government under the CSA. While companion legislation has not been introduced in the Senate, please be assured that I will keep your letter in mind should the Senate consider this or similar legislation.
Thank you again for contacting me.