The letter below is from Sen. Richard Blumenthal 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. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
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July 17, 2012
Thank you for your thoughtful message regarding industrial hemp. I appreciate hearing from you.
As you may know, an amendment was recently offered during the Senate's consideration of the Farm Bill, S. 3240, that would have removed hemp from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act, permitting farmers to grow hemp in accordance with state law. Although hundreds of amendments were offered during debate of the Farm Bill, many of the amendments were not brought to the floor for a vote, including this one. Consequently, I did not have the opportunity to vote on this amendment, but as I continue to serve in the Senate, I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind on this important issue if given the opportunity to vote on it in the future.
Thank you again for your message. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
United States Senate