Last updated on: 3/5/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

John Edwards, JD Biography

Title:
Former US Senator (D-NC)
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“I think if we give the FDA the responsibility and have them determine how to treat this -- if somebody like you who needs medical marijuana to ease your pain and there’s not other medications that can accomplish it, then the FDA can say that.”

Conversation with Clayton Holton of Granite Staters, Sep. 8, 2007

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to medical marijuana. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to medical marijuana issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 2008 Democratic Candidate for US President
  • Former Director of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, School of Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005-2006
  • US Senator (D-North Carolina), 1998-2005
  • 2004 Democratic Presidential and Vice-Presidential Candidate
  • Former Attorney and Partner, Edwards & Kirby
  • Co-founder and Member of Board of Trustees, Wade Edwards Foundation
  • Former Textile Mill Worker
Education:
  • JD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1977
  • BA, North Carolina State University, 1974
Other:
  • None found