Voter’s Guide: Three Senate Candidates Who Could Affect Marijuana Legalization

Just as a result of Michigan (authorized), Missouri (medical), North Dakota (authorized), and Utah (medical) are the one states voting on statewide hashish points, that doesn’t imply marijuana reform isn’t on the poll in all fifty states.

Earlier, we checked out three candidates for the US House, based mostly on how NORML grades them on the difficulty of marijuana. Now let’s take a look at the essential races for the US Senate that would have an effect on the progress of ending federal marijuana prohibition.

No to Florida’s Rick Scott

Term-limited Florida Gov. Rick Scott is now in search of election to the US Senate towards incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, who acquired a “B” score on NORML’s Senatorial Scorecard. Nelson’s nonetheless against leisure legalization as of this summer time, however he’s miles forward of Scott on the difficulty of medical marijuana.

Scott (NORML: D+) has led the battle towards entry to smokable types of medical marijuana for Florida sufferers. Florida voters handed their constitutional modification with 71 % of the vote. It clearly said that smoking medical marijuana in public was not allowed, which means that smoking it in personal is allowed, in response to a decide who has dominated towards Scott. Even after spending almost $2 million in taxpayer cash to lose that case, his administration continues to be urgent ahead with an attraction.

Yes to Nevada’s Jacky Rosen

One of the closest Senate races within the nation is in Nevada between incumbent Republican Sen. Dean Heller and present Democratic Congresswoman Jacky Rosen. Heller (NORML: C) isn’t the worst Republican on marijuana within the Senate by an extended shot (see Ted Cruz under). Heller has co-sponsored federal laws to guard medical marijuana states and permit banks to work with authorized marijuana companies.

But Rosen (NORML: A) has been a marijuana champion within the House, co-sponsoring seven pro-marijuana payments within the final Congress. NORML PAC endorsed Rosen, who believes “marijuana should be removed as a Schedule 1 drug,” arguing that she will probably be “an unrelenting force demanding responsible marijuana policy.” Even although Nevada has already legalized marijuana, the payments she is going to co-sponsor will decide how nicely that legalization performs out.

Yes to Texas’ Beto O’Rourke

From his very first days in politics as an El Paso City Councilman, by means of his present place as US Congressman, Beto O’Rourke has been a pacesetter in preventing for hashish reform. NORML PAC endorsed O’Rourke, who isn’t solely strong on the political problems with marijuana legalization, but in addition capable of jam with Willie Nelson on his hit track, “Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die.”

The distinction between O’Rourke (NORML: A+) and his opponent, Sen. Ted Cruz (NORML: F) couldn’t be starker. Cruz opposes medical hashish, thinks easy possession of marijuana ought to imply jail time, and is the eightth-largest recipient of marketing campaign contributions from the personal jail business. Texas, should you boot Ted Cruz from the Senate, a lot of America (and, apparently, the Senate) will thanks.

No matter the place you reside, there’s something or somebody in your poll value voting for or towards. Visit to study who’s in your poll and the way they really feel about marijuana.


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