The letter below is from Rep. Mike Thompson 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 Thompson
(D-CA 1st District)
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August 5, 2011
Thank you for contacting me regarding your support for legalizing cultivation of industrial hemp. I appreciate hearing from you on this issue.
As you may know, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act (H.R. 1831) was introduced by Representative Ron Paul on May 11, 2011. The legislation removes industrial hemp (Cannabis Sativa L) from the definition of marijuana, provided that it has a concentration of delta-nine tetrahydrocannabinol below 0.3 percent. The legislation further gives states sole authority to determine whether plants meet this criterion. H.R. 1831 has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, where it awaits further consideration.
Current federal law allows the sale, but not the cultivation of industrial hemp. The United States is the only industrialized nation that prohibits industrial hemp cultivation, and I believe that prohibition puts American farmers at a disadvantage and should be changed. Please know that I will vote for this bill should it come to the House floor in its present form.
Again, thank you for contacting me. Please continue to contact me on matters of concern to you and to our district.
Member of Congress
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