The letter below is from Rep. Mike Kelly to a Vote Hemp supporter in reply to a letter asking him to become a sponsor of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011.
Rep. Mike Kelly
(R-PA 3rd District)
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June 29, 2011
Thank you for contacting me regarding H.R. 1831, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act. I greatly appreciate you taking the time to contact me on this important issue.
H.R. 1831 was introduced by Representative Ron Paul on May 11, 2011. It will "amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marihuana," and is currently before the House Judiciary's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security awaiting further action.
Several states have passed legislation allowing for the production of industrial hemp when a license is obtained by the farmer from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). However, DEA officials express the concern that commercial cultivation would increase the likelihood of covert production of high-THC marijuana, significantly complicate DEA's surveillance and enforcement activities, and send the wrong message to the American public concerning the government's position on drugs.
Input and ideas from my constituents are essential to my job as your Representative. As the United States Congress considers legislative action related to H.R. 1831, I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind.
Again, thank you for contacting me regarding H.R. 1831, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act. Please do not hesitate to contact me or my staff if I can be of assistance in the future.
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Member of Congress