An email from Senator Feinstein about legalizing hemp:
Dear Mr. Vanderlaan :
Thank you for writing to me concerning your support for the industrial application of cannabis sativa L (hemp). I appreciate hearing from you on this issue, and I welcome the opportunity to respond.
Currently, it is illegal in the U.S. to grow cannabis for industrial purposes, although products containing "hemp" are legally imported from other nations and sold in the U.S. On February 14, 2013, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act" (S. 359), which would amend the Controlled Substances Act to allow the cultivation of industrial hemp in states that have permitted the substance to be grown. S. 359 is currently pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Senator Wyden also introduced this bill as an amendment to the 2013 Senate Farm Bill (S. Amdt . 952). However, this amendment did not receive a vote before the full Senate and was therefore not included in the final version of the Senate Farm Bill.
All cannabis, including hemp, contains delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act. I have concerns that legislation like S. 359 and S. Amdt . 952 could unintentionally weaken the Controlled Substances Act by allowing for the growth or manufacturing of a product containing THC, which is currently illegal under federal law. For example, the Drug Enforcement Administration recently reported that cannabis plants with a relatively low THC concentration provide a substantial source of psychoactive material that would be readily exploited by drug seekers if such plants could be easily acquired. Using a relatively simple and inexpensive process of chemical extraction, readily available on the Internet, hemp could be readily converted into a highly potent concentrate known as "hash oil."
Again, thank you for sharing your views with me. I hope you will continue to keep in touch on issues that are important to you. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to call my Washington D.C. office at (202) 224-3841. Best regards.
United States Senatorhttp://www.votehemp.com/index.html
"Industrial hemp is the non-psychoactive, low-THC, oilseed and fiber varieties of the Cannabis sativa plant. Hemp has absolutely no use as a recreational drug."http://www.thehia.org/
"Hemp seed is nutritious and contains more essential fatty acids than any other source, is second only to soybeans in complete protein (but is more digestible by humans), is high in B-vitamins, and is a good source of dietary fiber. Hemp seed is not psychoactive and cannot be used as a drug."