The letter below is from Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-IN 8th District) to a Vote Hemp supporter in reply to a letter asking him to become a sponsor for the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009.
Rep. Brad Ellsworth
(D-IN 8th District)
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July 15, 2009
Thank you for contacting me to share your views on cultivation of industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity. I appreciate your comments, and I welcome this opportunity to share my thoughts.
As you know, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act, H.R. 1866, was introduced in the House of Representatives on April 2, 2009 by Congressman Ron Paul of Texas. This legislation would amend the Controlled Substances Act to stipulate that the term "marijuana" does not include industrial hemp. A change in this definition would allow for the state-sanctioned cultivation of industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity for commercial purposes. The Industrial Hemp Farming Act has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Judiciary Committee for further consideration. Although I am not a member of either of these committees, please be assured I will keep your views in mind should this legislation be considered by the full House.
Thanks again for taking the time to share your views with me. If you would like to learn more about my positions on issues important to you or receive regular updates on developments in Congress, please visit my Online Office at www.ellsworth.house.gov and sign up for my e-Newsletter.