The letter below is from Sen. John Hoeven to a Vote Hemp supporter in reply to a letter asking him to become a cosponsor of S. 3501, the Senate companion bill to H.R. 1831, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011.
Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND)
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August 22, 2012
Thank you for contacting me regarding the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2012 (S. 3501). I appreciate having the benefit of your views on this matter and welcome the opportunity to respond.
As introduced in the Senate on August 2, 2012, S. 3501 excludes industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act. S. 3501 defines industrial hemps as the plant Cannabis sativa L. with a THC concentration of no more than 0.3 percent
With hundreds of products manufactured with this material, I certainly understand the support for industrial hemp in agriculture. However, I believe that we must work with law enforcement to make sure the legislation does not hinder their ability to enforce our current drug laws. S. 3501 has been referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Although I do not serve on this committee, please know that I will keep your thoughts in mind should this legislation come before the full Senate for debate. Thank you again for taking the time to contact me. If you have further concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office at (202) 224-2551.
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