Next Week’s Election Will Feature a Record Number of Governor’s Candidates Who Support Marijuana Legalization
On Tuesday, Americans will head to the polls to vote in a very important midterm election. And one of the issues many are talking about this fall is marijuana, so it’s not surprising to find out that a record number of pro-marijuana candidates are running in 2018.
Marijuana Moment analyzed all the state races in this year’s midterms and found that at least 21 major party candidates for various governor’s races support legalizing marijuana. Of those 21 candidates, 19 were Democrats and only two were Republicans, perhaps showing where each party stands on the issue.
This analysis is specifically regarding recreational marijuana. There are way more candidates representing both parties who support medical marijuana or decriminalization.
This analysis would also suggest that we may soon see an big increase in the number of states that legalize recreational marijuana. While some of these states have already legalized marijuana, there are a handful (such as Illinois, Florida and Minnesota) where the pro-marijuana candidates are likely to win, and will replace anti-marijuana governors.
Of course, this means pro-marijuana voters still need to head to the polls on Tuesday to ensure that the cannabis movement continues to make progress.