NORML releases Governors' Scorecards, and for the first time in history passes a majority
NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, has released their annual scorecards for US governors, rating them on their stance according to marijuana policy, and for the first time in the history of the survey, a majority of governors in the US have earned a passing grade. 27 governors earned a C or above from NORML this year, marking a milestone in the movement for better marijuana laws.
Five of the passing grades went to Republican governors, while all of the governors who got A grades were all Democrats. No Democrat failed the test, while the 15 Ds and 4 Fs on the survey are all Republicans as well. Despite those differences, however, support for marijuana reform is still a pretty bipartisan issue — as NORML’s Deputy Director says, “there exists now for the first time significant political support among a majority of US governors for marijuana policy reform.” And of course this mirrors what a majority of American people believe: That it’s time for a change in policy and law around cannabis on a national level.
Governor Jay Inslee of Washington tweeted that he’s proud of his A grade, and presumably the other A grade governors are the same way — especially in states where cannabis is already legal (or about to be), it’s a politically winning side to be on. NORML’s four Fs come from Idaho, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Ohio, where governors have not only stood in opposition to reform, but have also spread misinformation and lies about the drug (claiming that it’s a gateway to other drugs, or that legalization will cause more problems, like traffic deaths, higher use among young people, or higher crime, when states that have legalized just haven’t seen those effects). It’s worth noting as well that NORML does list a few N/As, mostly for governors who are new to office or haven’t expressed a clear opinion on cannabis laws just yet.
At any rate, this is quite a moment for NORML and the cause it celebrates. Legalization continues to grow in popularity, and we’re moving ever closer to a national change in the way this drug is seen and used.