While the origin of marijuana's reference to '420' is debated, there's no doubt that April 20th is a day of importance for supporters of the legalization of marijuana. NORML is a group dedicated to the legal access of the drug. Here's their scorecard for Minnesota legislators as posted on attn.com.

According to Wikipedia:

420, 4:20, or 4/20 (pronounced four-twenty) is a code-term that refers to the annual consumption of cannabis and by extension, as a way to identify oneself with cannabis culture. Observances based on the number 420 include smoking cannabis around the time 4:20 p.m., as well as smoking and celebrating cannabis on the date April 20.


Here's how NORML has scored your representatives:

  • "A" — This member has publicly declared his/her support for the legalization and regulation of marijuana for adults.
  • "B" — This member has publicly declared his/her support for the ability of a state to move forward with cannabis law reform policies free from federal interference.
  • "C" — This member supports policies specific to the legalization of medical cannabis and/or the decriminalization of cannabis.
  • "D" — This member has expressed no support for any significant marijuana law reform.
  • "F" — This member expresses significant and vocal opposition to marijuana law reform.

According to NORML:

61% of American adults believe that "the use of marijuana should be made legal." Four in five US adults (81 percent) favor legalizing cannabis as a therapeutic treatment option, according to a 2015 nationwide Harris Poll, and 67% of voters believe that states, not the federal government, ought to be the ultimate arbiters of marijuana regulatory policy.

Here's how Minnesota's U.S. House & Senate members faired in NORML's grading:

  • Senator Amy Klobuchar:  D
  • Senator Al Franken:  D
  • Rep. Tom Walz:  B
  • Rep. John Kline:  D
  • Rep. Erik Paulsen:  D
  • Rep. Betty McCollum:  B
  • Rep. Keith Ellison:  B
  • Rep. Tom Emmer:  B
  • Rep:  Collin Peterson:  C
  • Rep. Rick Nolan:  B