The letter below is from Rep. Billy Long to a Vote Hemp supporter in reply to a letter asking him to become a cosponsor of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013.
Rep. Billy Long
(R-MO 7th District)
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February 11, 2013
Thank you far contacting me with your thoughts on the legalization of marijuana and hemp.
There is considerable controversy regarding drug policy reform, including marijuana This controversy ranges from the costs necessary to enforce current law to its potential to cause harm throughout society, such as low productivity and health concerns. There are concerns that legalizing marijuana and hemp would open the door to legalizing other drugs such as opiates, cocaine and hallucinogens.
While I am a strong believer in personal freedom, I do not support the recreational or medical use of illegal drugs regardless of whether the drug is marijuana, cocaine, or any other illegal substance. Congress has made decisions to protect our nation from certain illegal drugs, and allowing each state to make its own decision would adversely affect the protections that exist against those substances.
Again, thank you for contacting me on this important issue. Hearing the views of all Missourians gives me the opportunity to better understand how important issues could impact the people of the Seventh District and the future interests of the nation.
For additional information regarding current legislation, my representation of the Seventh District, and to sign up to receive my monthly newsletter, I invite you to visit my website at http: //long.house.gov.
Member of Congress