21 States Have Pro-Legalization Candidates Running for Governor

Governor candidates who support legalizing marijuana

Will this mean 21 new battles over States’ Rights to legalize cannabis?

Connecticut – Ned Lamont (D)
Florida – Andrew Gillum (D)
Georgia – Stacey Abrams (D)
Idaho – Paulette Jordan (D)
Illinois – J.B. Pritzker (D)
Maine – Janet Mills (D)
Maryland – Ben Jealous (D)
Massachusetts – Jay Gonzalez (D)
Michigan – Gretchen Whitmer (D)
Minnesota – Tim Walz (D)
Nevada – Steve Sisolak (D)
New Hampshire – Molly Kelly (D)
New Mexico – Michelle Lujan Grisham (D)
New York – Andrew Cuomo (D)
Ohio – Richard Cordray (D)
Oregon – Kate Brown (D)
Vermont – Christine Hallquist (D)
Vermont – Phil Scott (R)

Other Candidates Who Don’t Support Full Legalization but Still Back Some Cannabis Reforms

Alabama: Democrat Walt Maddox is in favor of medical cannabis and wants to study the effects of marijuana legalization in other states. “There’s going to be a lot of data over the next years that’s going to be collected,” he said.

Georgia Republican candidate Brian Kemp opposes legalization but is “open and supportive” of expanding the state’s limited medical cannabis program.

In Kansas, Democrat Laura Kelly supports medical cannabis.

Nebraska Democratic candidate Bob Krist said that legalizing medical cannabis is “is right on top of my list.”

Drew Edmondson, the Democratic candidate in Oklahoma, says he voted for the state’s successful medical cannabis ballot measure but that he doesn’t believe the state is ready for full legalization.

In Pennsylvania, incumbent Gov. Tom Wolf (D) says the state isn’t quite ready to legalize, but he signed medical cannabis into law and supports decriminalizing marijuana possession.

In Rhode Island, incumbent Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) and Republican challenger Allan Fung say they are both open to legalization, even if they don’t currently endorse it. Fung said he would put the question on the ballot for voters to decide.

South Carolina Democratic contender James Smith supports legalizing medical cannabis and has sponsored legislation to do so as a state representative.

Karl Dean, the Democratic candidate in Tennessee, said he would sign medical marijuana into law.

In Texas, incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott (R) expressed support for some form of marijuana decriminalization during a recent debate with Democratic challenger Lupe Valdez, who backs medical cannabis expansion as well as putting a referendum on full marijuana legalization before voters.

Wisconsin Democratic nominee Tony Evers says he’s “not opposed to” legalization. “I’d support it,” he said, “but I do believe there has to be a more thoughtful, rigorous conversation around it as a state. So I would love to have a statewide referendum on this.”

Wyoming Democratic candidate Mary Throne voted for marijuana decriminalization as a state lawmaker and also supports medical cannabis.

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