The letter below is from Sen. Dianne Feinstein to a Vote Hemp supporter in reply to a letter asking her to cosponsor a Senate version of H.R. 1831, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
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July 1, 2011
Thank you for writing to me concerning your support for the industrial application of cannabis sativa L (hemp). I appreciate hearing from you on this issue, and I welcome the opportunity to respond.
Currently, it is illegal in the U.S. to grow any form of hemp, although products that contain hemp are legally imported from other nations and sold in the U.S. On May 11, 2011, Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) introduced the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011" (H.R.1831), which would amend the Controlled Substances Act to allow the cultivation of industrial hemp in states that have permitted the substance to be grown. H.R. 1831 has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Judiciary Committee. Currently, there is no companion bill in the Senate.
All cannabis, including hemp, contains delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act. I have concerns that H.R. 1831 would unintentionally weaken the Controlled Substances Act by allowing for the growth or manufacturing of a product containing THC, which is currently illegal under federal law.
Again, thank you for sharing your views with me. I hope you will continue to keep in touch on issues that are important to you. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to call my Washington D.C. office at (202) 224-3841. Best regards.
United States Senator
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