The letter below is from Rep. Scott Garrett to a Vote Hemp supporter in reply to a letter asking him to become a cosponsor of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011.
Rep. Scott Garrett
(R-NJ 5th District)
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May 1, 2012
Knowing of your interest in the Industrial Hemp Farming Act (H.R. 1831) I would like to take the opportunity to update you on this legislation.
As you know, H.R. 1831 was introduced by Congressman Ron Paul (TX-14) on May 11, 2011. This legislation would change the way that industrial hemp is defined and allow for it be grown and cultivated according to state law. This bill has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee and is awaiting further action.
Like you, I agree that there are differences between industrial hemp and marijuana. While I am not a member of the House Judiciary Committee, I do look forward to reviewing the committee's findings on H.R. 1831. Please know that your correspondence is important to me and that I appreciate your views. Should legislation concerning industrial hemp come to the House floor for a vote, I will consider it with your thoughts in mind.
Thank you for contacting me. As Congress debates solutions to the challenges facing our nation, I hope you will continue to share your thoughts and views with me. Should you have any further questions or comments about this or any legislative issue, please do not hesitate to contact me in my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-4465. Also, please visit me at www.facebook.com/repscottgarrett, www.youtube.com/repscottgarrett, and my website at www.house.gov/garrett to sign up for my e-newsletter for the latest updates from Washington, D.C. and around the district.
Member of Congress