The letter below is from Sen. Carl Levin 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. The letter seems to be based on information that's more than eleven years old, not realizing that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published their proposed regulations in the Federal Register and lost the case HIA v. DEA.
Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI)
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August 27, 2012
Thank you for contacting me about the industrial use of hemp.
Industrial hemp refers to plants of the species cannabis sativa that are grown to produce fiber and oil used in various products. All cannabis sativa plants contain marijuana and tetrahydrocannabinols (THC), which are hallucinogenic substances listed in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, (CSA) and, as such, are regulated by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
The DEA has been consulting with the Department of Justice, the Office of National Drug Control Policy and other federal agencies to develop a policy on industrial hemp that properly balances the health and safety of the public with the needs of farmers and manufacturers of industrial hemp. The new regulations drafted by the DEA attempt to balance these considerations by focusing on whether the use of a particular hemp product would cause THC to enter the body. Products that cause THC to enter the body would continue to be subject to control and regulatory provisions under the CSA, while products that do not cause THC to enter the body would be exempted from control.
Federal policy requires the DEA to publish any proposed regulations in the Federal Register. Should the drafted regulations on industrial hemp be published, there will be an opportunity for the public to submit comments before the final rule is issued by the DEA. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the drafted regulations on industrial hemp, you may contact the DEA at the following address.
Drug Enforcement Agency
700 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA 22202
I hope you find this information helpful. I will keep your views in mind should this issue come before the Senate.