The letter below is from Sen. Claire McCaskill to a Vote Hemp supporter in reply to a letter asking her to become a cosponsor of S. 359, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
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February 24, 2013
Thank you for contacting me regarding industrial hemp and hemp farming. I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to respond.
As you may know, Representative Thomas Massie of Kentucky has introduced the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013 (H.R. 525). This bill would differentiate the definition of "hemp" from "marijuana" and would permit industrial hemp production based on state law. I understand the many potential uses of hemp and will consider its benefits should legislation related to hemp farming be considered by the full Senate.
The Industrial Hemp Farming Act has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee where it awaits consideration. Similar legislation, S. 359, has been introduced in the Senate by Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee where it awaits consideration. Should either piece of legislation come to the Senate floor for a vote, I will be sure to keep your views in mind.
Again, thank you for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance to you on this or any other issue.
United States Senator
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