The federal industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009 bill was introduced in Congress in April 2009. The bill excludes industrial hemp
from the definition of 'mariiuana' in the Controlled Substances Act and gives states the exclusive authority to regulate the growing and processing
of industrial hemp under state law. The bill died in committee at the end of the 111th Congress in January 2011. It had 26 co-sponsors, including Rep. Ron Paul.