Marijuana has officially hit the mainstream in the national political scene. In last week’s midterm elections all seven candidates that the NORML Pac supported won their races. As the 2016 ballot initiatives start to gain steam, it’s crucial to have vital allies in the right government offices for success.
The candidates included:
Rep. Alan Grayson for Congress (FL-09)
Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman for Congress (NJ-12)
Rep. Earl Blumenauer for Congress (OR-03)
Rep. Steve Cohen for Congress (TN-9)
Rep. Beto O’Rourke for Congress (TX-16)
Rep. Denny Heck for Congress (WA-10)
Rep. Jared Polis for Congress (CO-02)
What’s even more important is that all of these elected officials support the legalization of marijuana at a federal level. That said, one can expect new legislation put forward over the coming years geared towards full scale legalization.
“What is really worth noting,” said NORML PAC Manager Erik Altieri, “Is that all of our endorsements for the US House of Representatives happened to be Democrats and all won by large margins in a year where others in their party were getting handily defeated nationwide. Perhaps this, coupled with solid wins for legalization in Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia, will send a message to Democratic Party members across the country that it is not only good policy to support marijuana legalization, but good politics.”
Additional NORML PAC endorsed candidates that won their races, but have not publicly stated their support for full legalization include New Jersey Senate candidate Cory Booker and Maine State Representative Diane Russell.
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