John Edwards (D-NC) was at first reluctant to
answer the Vote Hemp 2004 Candidate Survey, but
after getting a question at the College Convention
in Manchester, NH from Tom Murphy, Vote Hemp National
Coordinator, Senator Edwards personally promised
to answer the survey. Here is the exchange from
"Senator Edwards, industrial
hemp is a low-THC variety of Cannabis sativa that
is grown for its fiber, seed and oil. You have
been asked about industrial hemp in New Hampshire
before. What is your position on growing industrial
hemp in the United States?" He paused for
a second and said "Yes, I have been asked
that question before. As I understand it, hemp
has something to do with bio-energy, right?"
Senator Edwards then said "Well, I'm still
not prepared to answer the question..." There
were groans from the audience and Senator Edwards
continued "but I will promise you before
all these people and all of these cameras that
you will get an answer to your question by Monday."
His staff answered the survey on Monday as promised.
Senator Edwards received a "B-"
for keeping his promise to answer the survey on
time, although he remained "undecided"
on the issue of hemp food and hemp cultivation.
However, he did say he supports more research
into industrial hemp.
here to return to the Voter Guide.