Senate Judiciary Committee
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Administrator Donnie R. Marshall
Drug Enforcement Administration
Washington, DC 20537
Dear Administrator Marshall:
We understand that you are currently proposing to ban some hemp products. We are writing to urge you to reconsider this proposal.
As Co-Chairs of the Hawaii Senate Judiciary Committee, in 1999 we received testimony for a bill that would allow privately funded industrial hemp research to be conducted in Hawaii under the supervision of our state department of public safety and the US Drug Enforcement Agency. During the hearing we were educated about the vast differences between the hemp and marijuana plants. Specifically, hemp is a viable agricultural product that can be grown to make more than 25,000 products including textiles, paper, paint, fuel, cosmetics and food. The hemp plant contains low levels of THC, which is contrary to the marijuana plant. In short, there should be no fear of possible mind altering effects from the hemp plant.
We sincerely hope that, prior to any action taken upon an agricultural product that could hold great potential for our economy, you take the time to consider all research available regarding the hemp product.
Thank you for your time and consideration for this request.
Avery B. Chumbley, Committee Co-Chair
Matthew M. Matsunaga, Committee Co-Chair
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