Below is a copy of a letter to the editor of The New York Times in rebuttal to the February 20, 2007 story The Hemp Vote by Mark Leibovich. For more hemp news please see our News Coverage page.
From: "Alexis Baden-Mayer"
Date: February 22, 2007 05:52:28 AM PDT
Subject: Not Just Kucinich and Paul--Five Presidential Candidates Support Industrial Hemp
To the Editor:
In Mark Leibovich's article, "The Hemp Vote," February 20, 2007, Mr. Leibovich noted the pro-industrial hemp positions of two US Representatives, Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich, who are running for president.
Unable to avoid bad puns, he wrote, "This could prove a burning issue in the 2008 campaign. Or not."
Mr. Leibovich did not mention that there are at least five presidential hopefuls who are on record in support of removing barriers to industrial hemp farming. In addition to Reps. Paul and Kucinich, Sen. Barack Obama voted for an Illinois industrial hemp bill as a State Senator, Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack voted for a hemp bill while he was in the Iowa Senate, and former Senator John Edwards returned Vote Hemp's candidate survey in the 2004 election and earned a "B-" grade for his position that industrial hemp research should not require DEA permits.
Industrial hemp legislation has broad support. The current leaders of the effort are North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson, a Democrat who was the first in the nation to license farmers to grow industrial hemp, and North Dakota State Representative David Monson, the Republican Assistant Majority Leader and the first farmer in the nation to receive a license to farm industrial hemp. Around the country, industrial hemp legislation has been supported by chairs of agriculture committees and other mainstream Republicans and Democrats in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Alexis Baden-Mayer, Esq.
Director of Government Relations