The letter below is from Sen. Jeff Merkley to a Vote Hemp supporter in reply to a letter asking him to support Sen. Ron Wyden's industrial hemp amendment to the Farm Bill.
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
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June 29, 2012
Thank you for contacting me to share your views on industrial hemp. I appreciate hearing from you on this issue.
Hemp can be used in a number of products including textiles, skin care products, and food. However, current law only permits importing hemp, while restricting its cultivation here in the U.S. This outdated law hurts American jobs, and I believe that allowing farmers to legally grow hemp would greatly benefit Oregon's agricultural economy.
That is why I was proud to cosponsor Senator Wyden's amendment to the 2012 Farm Bill that would remove hemp from the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act and allow American farmers to grow hemp through a state-administered permit system. Although this amendment was not taken up for a vote, please know that I will continue to support industrial hemp, and should a vote come before the Senate regarding this issue, I will be sure to keep your views in mind.
Thanks again for your input. I hope you will continue to share your views and thoughts with me.
All my best,
Jeffrey A. Merkley
United States Senator
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