The letter below is from Sen. Saxby Chambliss to a Vote Hemp supporter in reply to a letter asking him to become an original cosponsor of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011.
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
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May 11, 2011
Thank you for contacting me with your thoughts concerning industrial hemp farming. It is certainly good to hear from you.
During the 111th Congress, H.R. 1866, the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act," was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, and was subsequently referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the House Judiciary Committee. As it is written, the bill would amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana. No action was taken on H.R. 1866 during the 111th Congress.
I am aware that industrial hemp can be used in clothing, paper, carpeting, construction materials, auto parts, animal beddings, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and food products. This could lead to a niche market for the growers of this specialized crop. However, growing hemp in the United States for any use is illegal due to the fact that no varieties of Cannabis are completely free of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) when fully grown. The Drug Enforcement Administration has concerns that legalized industrial hemp could complicate the identification and eradication of marijuana.
Should similar legislation be introduced during this Congress, I will keep your views in mind.
United States Senator
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