The letter below is from Sen. Scott Brown to a Vote Hemp supporter in reply to a letter asking him to become a cosponsor of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011.
Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA)
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July 9, 2012
Thank you for contacting me regarding the Industrial Hemp Farming Act (H.R. 1831). As always, I value your input and strive to keep you updated on the important issues facing us today.
On May 11, 2011, Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) introduced the Industrial Hemp Farming Act, which would have excluded industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana. I understand your interest in this legislation, as hemp fibers can be used in a wide range of products, including fabrics and textiles, paper, home furnishings, construction materials and auto parts.
Currently, H.R. 1831 is under review by the House Committees on the Judiciary and Energy and Commerce. Should this or related legislation come before the Senate for debate, I will review it with your thoughts in mind.
Again, thank you for sharing your views with me. If you have any additional questions or comments, please feel free to contact me or visit my website at www.scottbrown.senate.gov.
Scott P. Brown
United States Senator