The letter below is from Sen. Kelly Ayotte to a Vote Hemp supporter in reply to a letter asking her to become a cosponsor of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
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March 12, 2013
Thank you for your comments regarding industrial hemp farming. I appreciate hearing from you.
As you may know, on February 14, 2013, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Industrial Hemp Farming Act (S. 359), which was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. If enacted, S. 359 would amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana. Specifically, it would define "industrial hemp" as 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. It would further declare that Cannabis sativa L. would meet that concentration limit if a person grows or processes it for purposes of making industrial hemp in accordance with state law.
Previously, on February 6, 2013, Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced companion legislation (H.R. 525) in the House of Representatives, which was referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Judiciary Committee. Although I am not a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, please be assured that I will keep in mind your comments should S. 359 or H.R. 525 come before the full Senate for consideration.
Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me. As your Senator, it is important to hear from you regarding the current issues affecting New Hampshire and our nation. Please do not hesitate to be in touch again if I can be of further assistance.
Kelly A. Ayotte
U. S. Senator