The letter below is from Rep. Justin Amash to a Vote Hemp supporter in reply to a letter asking him to become a cosponsor of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011.
Rep. Justin Amash
(R-MI 3rd District)
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August 29, 2012
Thank you for contacting my office regarding H.R. 1831, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011. I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this issue.
H.R. 1831 would amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of "marihuana." It defines "industrial hemp" to mean the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-nine tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis. The bill deems Cannabis sativa L. to meet that concentration limit if a person grows or processes it for purposes of making industrial hemp in accordance with state law.
H.R. 1831 is currently under review by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the House Committee on the Judiciary. Although I do not serve on either committee, I will keep your comments in mind should this legislation come before me for a vote. Thank you again for contacting me, and please feel free to contact my office if I can be of further assistance.
United States Representative
Third District of Michigan
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