Happy 4/20: Here’s Minnesota’s Congressional Marijuana Score Card
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