The letter below is from Sen. Olympia Snowe to a Vote Hemp supporter in reply to a letter asking her to become a sponsor of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011.
Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
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July 27, 2011
Thank you for contacting me concerning hemp as an agricultural crop. I appreciate having your thoughts on this issue.
You expressed support for H.R. 1831, the Industrial Hemp Act which was introduced by Representative Ron Paul on May 11, 2011. As you know, this act would amend the Controlled Substance Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana. The bill would continue to grant a state the right to regulate the growing and processing industrial hemp, providing exclusive authority in any criminal or civil action or administrative proceeding, to determine that any such plant meetings the 0.3 percent concentration limit. Because the plant variety which is used to produce industrial hemp is nearly identical to the plant from which tetrahydro cannibinol (THC) is extracted, it would be very difficult to distinguish between those who grow the Cannabis plant for industrial use from those who grow the plant in order to use it as an illegal drug. Because of my deep concern for illegal drug use in this country, I cannot support the regulation of marijuana. Following introduction this bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. Currently, no related legislation has been introduced in the Senate.
Again, thank you for taking the time to share your views. I value your opinion and hope that you continue to inform me of the issues that concern you.
OLYMPIA J. SNOWE
United States Senator
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U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe
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