The letter below is from Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison to a Vote Hemp supporter in reply to a letter asking her to become an original cosponsor of the Senate version of H.R. 1831, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX)
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May 18, 2011
Thank you for contacting me regarding Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009. I welcome your thoughts and comments.
On April 2, 2009, Representatives Ron Paul (R-TX) and Barney Frank (D-MA) introduced H.R. 1866, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009. This legislation would remove restrictions on the cultivation of non-psychoactive industrial hemp and would exclude industrial hemp from the definition of "marijuana". This legislation was referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Judiciary Committee but was not considered by the full House of Representatives prior to the adjournment of the 111th Congress. Should this legislation be reintroduced in the 112th Congress, you may be certain I will keep your views in mind.
America's heritage is as a nation of farmers, and agriculture remains essential to our prosperity. I have worked hard to ensure that federal legislation meets the needs of our farmers and ranchers.
I appreciate hearing from you, and I hope you will not hesitate to contact me on any issue that is important to you.
Kay Bailey Hutchison
United States Senator
284 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510