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Public support of the U.S. cannabis industry is at an all-time high, and so is the number of states with some form of legal cannabis legislation on the books. But not all states are created equal, and even some legal states are governed by politicians who don’t support the cause. At the same time, some governors who don’t oversee legal states are friends to the cannabis industry. So, where does your governor stand?

The cannabis activist organization, NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) has the answer. NORML just announced its 2020 Governors Scorecard, which rates each state governor on a scale from ‘A’ to ‘F.’ Some of their findings are exactly what you would expect, such as Democrat governors ranking higher on average than Republican governors. But in the report, you’ll also find a Republican with a B grade and two Democrats with D grades.

NORML State Rankings

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Before we get to all the rankings, here are some interesting facts from the report:

  • 31% of Republican governors received a failing grade.
  • 38% of Democrat governors received a grade of ‘A.’
  • No Republican governors are on record supporting adult-use cannabis.
  • 66% of the public (including the majority of all political leanings) favor adult-use legalization.
  • NORML only gave one governor, JB Pritzker (D) of Illinois, an ‘A+’ rating.
  • Governors David Ige of Hawaii and Roy Cooper of North Carolina are the two Democrats who were given grades of ‘D+’ and ‘D’ respectively.
  • The Republican governor with the highest grade (‘B-‘) was Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma.

Here are the rankings from NORML’s report:

StateGovernor (Party)Grade
AlabamaKay Ivey (R)D
AlaskaMike Dunleavy (R)C
ArizonaDoug Ducey (R)D
ArkansasAsa Hutchinson (R)D
CaliforniaGavin Newsom (D)B
ColoradoJared Polis (D)A
ConnecticutNed Lamont (D)B-
DelawareJohn Carney (D)B-
FloridaRon DeSantis (R)C-
GeorgiaBrian Kemp (R)C-
HawaiiDavid Ige (D)D+
IdahoBrad Little (R)F
IllinoisJB Pritzker (D)A+
IndianaEric Holcomb (R)F
IowaKim Reynolds (R)D-
KansasLaura Kelly (D)B-
KentuckyAndy Beshear (D)B-
LouisianaJohn Bel Edwards (D)C-
MaineJanet Mills (D)A-
MarylandLarry Hogan (R)C
MassachusettsCharlie Baker (R)C
MichiganGretchen Whitmer (D)B+
MinnesotaTim Walz (D)B+
MississippiTate Reeves (R)D
MissouriMike Parson (R)C
MontanaSteve Bullock (D)C+
NebraskaPete Ricketts (R)F
NevadaSteve Sisolak (D)A
New HampshireChris Sununu (R)D+
New JerseyPhil Murphy (D)A-
New MexicoMichelle Lujan Grisham (D)A
New YorkAndrew Cuomo (D)A-
North CarolinaRoy Cooper (D)D
North DakotaDoug Burgum (R)C+
OhioMike DeWine (R)F
OklahomaKevin Stitt (R)B-
OregonKate Brown (D)A
PennsylvaniaTom Wolf (D)B+
Rhode IslandGina Raimondo (D)B-
South CarolinaHenry McMaster (R)F
South DakotaKristi Noem (R)F
TennesseeBill Lee (R)F
TexasGreg Abbott (R)D
UtahGary Herbert (R)C-
VermontPhil Scott (R)C
VirginiaRalph Northam (D)B+
WashingtonJay Inslee (D)A
West VirginiaJim Justice (R)D
WisconsinTony Evers (D)B+
WyomingMark Gordon (R)F

originally via @cannabismagazine

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