The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has released it’s 2018 Gubernatorial Scorecard ahead of November’s election when many governors will face voters at the ballot box. The scorecard is similar to NORML’s Congressional grading system which assigns a letter grade from A to F based on a politician’s cannabis-related remarks and legislative action.
Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized and regulated medical or recreational marijuana and their governors have shown varying levels of support. Nearly all of the nine states which have legalized the recreational use and sale of marijuana have done so at the ballot box with the exception of Vermont where the state legislature legalized cannabis in February.
With a majority of states choosing to contradict the federal ban and legalize marijuana within their own borders, local politics has become the front line in the battle for legalization. As a result, advocates of reform point out that it’s just as important to pay attention to local politics as it is to pressure representatives in Washington to lift the federal ban.