The letter below is from Rep. Michael Honda (D-CA 15th District) to a Vote Hemp supporter in reply to a letter asking him to become a sponsor for the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013.
Rep. Michael Honda
(D-CA 15th District)
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June 7, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to express your support for H.R 525, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013. I appreciate hearing from you, and welcome the opportunity to respond to your comments.
Our country has a long commercial history of the production of hemp. Thomas Jefferson, in fact, drafted the Declaration of Independence on hemp parchment. Modern hemp production could provide significant environmental and economic benefits to our agricultural sector.
As you likely know, H.R 525 seeks to amend the code to specify that the term "marijuana" does not include industrial hemp, which would remove the federal prohibition on hemp farming. Hemp produces some of the strongest natural fiber for cordage and textiles. Cloth can be rough or fine grade, ranging from canvas to linen. Fabric is "breathable," durable, and absorbs more moisture than cotton. Hemp is commonly blended with cotton to produce garments with best advantages of both fibers. Fabric grown from Cannabis may prove to be a valuable asset to our economy.
You will be pleased to know that I am a cosponsor of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act, and have been a cosponsor during the prior three Congresses as well. Throughout my career in Congress, I have worked to try to update our laws so that they better reflect our country's priorities - priorities that I believe should be focused on keeping our communities safe instead of overcrowding our prisons with low level offenders and harming the futures of many young Americans because of what often amount to minor offenses.
Over the course of my tenure in Congress, this piece of legislation has become much more bipartisan and widely accepted. It is my hope that Members of Congress can finally move past our outdated laws to make the sensible economic to pass H.R. 525.
Once again, thank you for taking the time to contact me about this important issue. Your comments help me to better represent the people of our Congressional District.
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