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Upcoming Election
California Special Election: Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Race for U.S. House District 20
D-
Vince Fong (R)

Fong posted a terrrible voting record on marijuana & drug issues in the Ca Assembly, just like his former boss, Kevin McCarthy, who is vacating this seat.

Your Elected Officials
Governor
A-
Gavin Newsom (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE

Newsom signed all the major cannabis reform bills that came to his desk in 2022, including those protecting employment rights and pain patients’ rights. He has been criticized for not pushing hard enough to reduce burdensome taxes and regulations on cannabis, but as part of this year’s state budget, he signed legislation to eliminate the cannabis cultivation tax and support equity businesses. He has long championed marijuana legalization, and convened a Blue-Ribbon panel on the topic while Lt. Governor.

 

Important Actions Taken:

Taking aggressive action to protect communities, consumers, and the environment alike, Governor Gavin Newsom has directed the creation of a new multi-agency, cross-jurisdictional taskforce of enforcement agencies designed to better coordinate agencies combatting illegal cannabis operations and transnational criminal organizations. (October 2022)

Lieutenant Governor
B
Eleni Kounalakis (D)

When asked whether or not she supports medical or recreational legalization, her campaign responded to Cal NORML, "California voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, and Eleni believes that now we need to make sure that the implementation of the law protects the public, especially our kids. Regulations must be put in place for a wide-range of aspects, from ensuring products are properly labeled, to setting up a banking system which keeps the industry from operating on an all-cash basis. Legalization poses other new challenges to public safety that must also be addressed, including a possible increase in people driving under the influence. Eleni believes we can develop effective regulatory practices to address these problems by imposing taxes, ensuring strict identification for purchases, and proposing and supporting bills that are specifically designed to protect our kids, and the public at large."

Attorney General
A+
Rob Bonta (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
Leading advocate for legal cannabis in Assembly.
U.S. Senate
A
Alex Padilla (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE
As secretary of state after California’s 2016 vote to legalize recreational marijuana, Padilla helped implement legalization by licensing cannabis businesses and creating an online portal to help migrate the state’s legacy medical cannabis companies into the new regulation area. To promote that service, Padilla appeared in a public service announcement with comedian Cheech Marin.

As state senator, Padilla voted to support employment protections for medical cannabis patients and opposed DEA raids on cannabis companies. Padilla has expressed support for the federal MORE Act.

In 2021, Padilla filed an amendment that would allow veterans to access medical cannabis through the VA system in states where it is legal and require the VA to research the potential therapeutic benefits of cannabis for certain conditions. 

In May 2022, Padilla joined a bipartisan effort requesting that congressional leadership include the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act of 2021, which would allow state-legal cannabis business to access banking services, in the final version of competitiveness legislation currently being negotiated between the House and Senate.

 

U.S. House District 1
F
Doug LaMalfa (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION

Has consistently opposed cannabis reform bills in state legislature and Congress.

U.S. House District 2
A+
Jared Huffman (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE

Huffman posted a fine voting record on marijuana while in the state assembly.  In Congress, he has co-sponsored reform bills, including the MORE and SAFE Acts.  He is a sponsor of the Small Homestead and Independent Producers (SHIP) Act, to allow small family farmers to sell their products in interstate commerce.   He has also introduced bills to deal with illegal marijuana grows on public lands, such as 2013's PLANT Act to direct the US Sentencing Commission to enhance penalties for drug offenses involving use of poisonous chemicals, water diversion, or vegetation removal. 

U.S. House District 3
D-
Kevin Kiley (R)

Kiley has voted wrong on virtually every key vote in the Assembly.

 

U.S. House District 4
A-
Mike Thompson (D) DECRIMINALIZE
U.S. House District 5
A
Tom McClintock (R) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

A hard-core small-government conservative, McClintock has taken a libertarian line on marijuana laws.  A leading House Republican supporter of cannabis reform, he co-sponsored an amendment to stop DOJ from interfering in state adult-use legalization laws.

U.S. House District 6
A
Ami Bera (D) DECRIMINALIZE

Beri is running in District 6. He is a medical doctor who worked with AIDS patients and supports medical marijuana. He opposed Prop. 64 to legalize recreational use in California in 2016, but has voted twice in favor of the MORE Act to legalize recreational cannabis at the federal level, as well as co-sponsoring the SAFE Banking Act, and voting to allow VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans, and preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers.

U.S. House District 7
B+
Doris Matsui (D) DECRIMINALIZE

Matsui (pictured third from left) met with citizen lobbyists from Cal NORML at Lobby Day 2015. She has voted well on marijuana bills in Congress. 

U.S. House District 8
A
John Garamendi (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE

Garamendi has been a reliable vote for cannabis bills, including the MORE Act, and co-sponsored the SAFE Banking Act.

U.S. House District 9
A
Josh Harder (D)

Harder won a hard-fought race to flip the 10th district to the Democrats in 2018, defeating anti-marijuana Republican Jeff Denham.  Since then he has voted well on marijuana issues, including the MORE Act.

 

U.S. House District 10
A-
Mark DeSaulnier (D) DECRIMINALIZE
U.S. House District 11
A
Nancy Pelosi (D)

When she was Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi had a policy of not voting on bills.  Her leadership however empowered House leaders to advance the most sweeping marijuana reform and legalization measures in the history of Congress.

U.S. House District 12
A+
Barbara Lee (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE

Congresswoman Barbara Lee is a longtime friend and champion of the marijuana reform movement. She was a staffer for Rep. Ron Dellums, one of the first Congress members to advocate marijuana reform in the 1970s, and continued to support marijuana reform as a state legislator and Congress member during the darkest days of the drug war. A strong racial justice advocate, Rep. Lee denounces cannabis laws for their disproportionate impact on minorities.  

Lee is a Co-Chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus.  She was a leading co-sponsor of the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, the first-ever federal legalization bill to be approved (twice, in 2019 and 2021) by the House of Representatives.  At age 77, Rep. Lee is the most senior major candidate in the race, but also the most likely to push cannabis as a high-priority issue in the Senate.      

U.S. House District 14
A
Eric Swalwell (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE

Consistent supporter of legal marijuana;  co-sponsor of MORE and SAFE acts.

U.S. House District 15
A
Kevin Mullin (D)

Good voting record in state legislature.

U.S. House District 16
A
Anna Eshoo (D)

Eshoo has been a reliably good vote.  Though not a vocal advocate for cannabis or drug reform,  she did co-sponsor the SAFE Banking Act, and has been a staunch defender of human rights in general.  

U.S. House District 17
A
Ro Khanna (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE

Congressman Ro Khanna has supported marijuana reform since his election to Congress and is a lead co-sponsor of the Marijuana Justice Act to end federal prohibition, expunge records, and reinvest in the communities that have been hardest hit by prohibition. 

U.S. House District 18
A
Zoe Lofgren (D) DECRIMINALIZE

Longtime Democratic member of the Judiciary Committee, specializing in immigration and intellectual property, Lofgren has a strong record on civil liberties and criminal justic reform, including cannabis.

U.S. House District 19
A
Jimmy Panetta (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
U.S. House District 21
A-
Jim Costa (D) DECRIMINALIZE
U.S. House District 22
D+
David Valadao (R)

As an Assemblyman, Valadao voted against every marijuana reform measure and opposed recreational legalization, but co-sponsored an industrial hemp bill.  In Congress, he supported the SAFE banking act and medical marijuana research, but joined other Republicans in opposing the Democrats' MORE legalization bill.    One of just two Republican House members running for re-election who voted to impeach Donald Trump.

U.S. House District 23
D+
Jay Obernolte (R)

Obernolte has had a  poor voting record in the legislature and Congress.  Voted against certifying the 2020 electoral college results.

U.S. House District 24
A+
Salud Carbajal (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE

Strong supporter of legal cannabis and co-sponsor of the MORE Act.

U.S. House District 25
A
Raul Ruiz (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Dependably good vote on cannabis and criminal justice issues.

U.S. House District 26
A
Julia Brownley (D) DECRIMINALIZE
U.S. House District 27
D
Mike Garcia (R) MANDATORY MINIMUMS

Republican Mike Garcia has made a point of denouncing illegal marijuana growers and dispensaries. He criticized Gov. Newsom for cutting taxes on marijuana, but not gasoline.  He twice voted against the MORE Act to legalize marijuana, but did vote for the SAFE Banking Act. He voted against certifying the 2020 election results.

U.S. House District 28
A
Judy Chu (D)

Consistently good vote on cannabis legislation;  co-sponsored SAFE Banking Act.

U.S. House District 29
A+
Tony Cárdenas (D) DECRIMINALIZE

Cardenas has a solid pro-marijuana voting record, both in the Assembly and in Congress, going back to 1999.  

U.S. House District 30
A-
Adam Schiff (D) DECRIMINALIZE

 Best known for leading the House impeachment investigation of Donald Trump,  Adam Schiff has been more reticent on cannabis and criminal justice reform. He has typically voted well on cannabis bills, but has generally held off from co-sponsoring them.   One exception is the STATES Act of 2018-9, a Trump-era bill that would have protected the legality of state marijuana laws. 

U.S. House District 31
A-
Grace Napolitano (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Napolitano has followed the Democratic leadership in supporting the MORE Act and other cannabis reform legislation.

U.S. House District 32
A
Brad Sherman (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE

Longtime supporter and co-sponsor of cannabis reform legislation

U.S. House District 33
A
Pete Aguilar (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE

 A strong supporter and co-sponsor of cannabis legislation, including the MORE Act

U.S. House District 34
A+
Jimmy Gomez (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE

Strong supporter of legal cannabis and co-sponsor of MORE Act.

U.S. House District 35
A
Norma Torres (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE

Co-sponsor, MORE Act and SAFE Banking Act of 2019.   Says cannabis a "Criminal and racial justice issue."   Has reached out for input from cannabis community. 

U.S. House District 36
A+
Ted Lieu (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE

Vocal critic of the war on marijuana, Lieu has been a strong supporter and co-sponsor of cannabis reform legislation.

U.S. House District 37
A
Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D)

Fine voting record in state legislature. She supports descheduling marijuana, and sent a letter to the DEA in February 2024 saying, “At minimum, I ask that you follow HHS recommendations and reschedule marijuana to Schedule III and reject any argument in support of maintaining marijuana in Schedule I or Schedule II based on U.S. Treaty obligations.” https://kamlager-dove.house.gov/media/in-the-news/congresswoman-tells-dea-reject-any-argument-marijuana-rescheduling-would-violate

U.S. House District 38
B+
Linda Sánchez (D) DECRIMINALIZE
U.S. House District 39
A
Mark Takano (D)

Congressman Takano is the Chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee. In this leadership role, he has yet to call for a vote on any of the multiple bills that have been introduced to address veterans' issues in relationship to cannabis policy. 

U.S. House District 40
D+
Young Kim (R)

Kim had a poor voting record in the state legislature except on more recent regulatory bills, and she opposed Prop. 64. In Congress, she voted against the MORE Act but supported the SAFE Banking Act.

U.S. House District 41
F
Ken Calvert (R)

Tea Party Republican Ken Calvert has voted badly on every cannabis bill in Congress.  An evangelical conservative, he has been hostile to gay rights and reproductive freedom.   He is one of seven Californians to vote against certifying the 2020 electoral vote.  He is vulnerable to a challenge this year, as socially liberal Palm Springs has been added to his district.    

U.S. House District 42
A+
Robert Garcia (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE

Former Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia is a progressive Democrat who supports Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, defending immigrant families and protecting civil and LGBQT rights.  He was Long Beach's first gay mayor and strongly supported establishing dispensaries in the city.  In Congress, he has proposed path-breaking legislation to halt drug testing of federal job applicants for cannabis and prevent security clearance denials to federal workers for prior cannabis use.

U.S. House District 43
A+
Maxine Waters (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE
U.S. House District 44
A-
Nanette Barragán (D) DECRIMINALIZE
U.S. House District 45
D
Michelle Steel (R) DECRIMINALIZE

  Unlike her Republican predecessor in this district - Dana Rohrabacher -  former Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel has not been friendly to cannabis, voting against the MORE legalization act and the SAFE Banking Act. 

U.S. House District 46
A+
Lou Correa (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE

Has championed marijuana for veterans and repealing obsolete border restrictions against marijuana users.

U.S. House District 47
A
Katie Porter (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE

Katie Porter is co-chair of the Democratic Progressive Caucus.  She takes pride in being the only candidate who never accepts corporate donations.  She is  particularly interested in economic issues, but has consistently voted well on marijuana bills.  She has participated in the Congressional cannabis caucus  and co-sponsored the MORE legalization act.  Porter is the only single mother in Congress. She was the first Democrat to be elected to represent her district, which covers much of south-central Orange County. She was voted toughest questioner in Congress for her tough questions to corporate executives on wage and banking issues.  Porter is fighting to beat out Republican Steve Garvey in the race for second place in the primary, so she can run face-to-face in the runoff against her Democratic colleague Adam Schiff, who is leading the polls.

 

U.S. House District 48
F
Darrell Issa (R)

Issa is a staunch drug warrior with a terrible voting record who advocated for a DOJ crackdown on state MMJ laws.  An accused car thief in his youth, he went on to make a fortune on car anti-theft alarms.   Issa voted repeatedly against certifying the 2020 election results and accuses critics of overplaying the Jan 6th insurrection.

U.S. House District 49
A
Mike Levin (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE MANDATORY MINIMUMS

Supported by San Diego cannabis reform groups. 

"Our nation’s marijuana laws are outdated, ineffective, and too costly, It’s wrong that we waste billions every year arresting and locking up and destroying the lives of tens of thousands of people for low-level, non-violent marijuana violations." -Campaign Twitter

U.S. House District 50
A
Scott Peters (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Democrat Peters supported and co-sponsored the MORE Act, and has proposed legislation to expedite research with state-legal cannabis. 

U.S. House District 51
A
Sara Jacobs (D) DECRIMINALIZE

Her website says: It’s time for the federal government to de-criminalize cannabis. And we need to make sure that tax money derived from legal cannabis sales go back to rebuilding communities that have been devastated by the drug wars, and that we pardon all those who are in the criminal justice system due to non-violent marijuana-related offenses that would now be considered legal. https://sarajacobsforca.com/criminal-justice-reform

U.S. House District 52
A
Juan Vargas (D) DECRIMINALIZE

Democrat Vargas has voted well, supported the MORE Act and co-sponsored the SAFE Act.

State Senate District 1
D+
Brian Dahle (R)

Senator Dahle voted badly on every key cannabis rights bill in 2022, including workers' rights and expanded access to medical cannabis. When he was in the Assembly, he supported legislation to regulate medical marijuana but generally opposed penalty reduction bills.  His campaign advocates re-establishing the defunct Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement to crack down on drug traffickers.  He charges that the state has turned a blind eye to continued illegal growing of cannabis: "If growers want to join the legitimate system, they should," he says, "but we will not tolerate lawlessness." 

State Senate District 2
A-
Mike McGuire (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
McGuire has a strong voting record and authored one of the three bills that regulated medical marijuana in California in 2015. He favors adult-use legalization, but opposed Prop. 64 until such time as regulation of medical cannabis could be solidified. He strongly supports local regulation and was a key opponent of outlawing local delivery bans.
State Senate District 3
A
Bill Dodd (D)
State Senate District 5
A+
Susan Eggman (D)
Excellent voting record.
State Senate District 7
B
State Senate District 9
A+
Nancy Skinner (D)

Longtime, strong supporter and cannabis advocate.  Led campaign for Berkeley's 1979 marijuana initiative.  One of first legislators in U.S. to vote for a total legalization bill in 2009.     Has headed off bad legislation as chair of Public Safety Committee.

State Senate District 11
A+
Scott Wiener (D)

Cal NORML legislator of the year, 2018.  Sponsored AB 34, allowing tax-free giveaways of medical cannabis to needy patients.

State Senate District 12
D+
Shannon Grove (R)

Genearally poor voting record, but supported Bradford bill to lower taxes.

State Senate District 13
A
Josh Becker (D)

Josh Becker is founder of a philanthropic fund that supports nonprofits and is one of the few legislative candidates to have the formal backing of Gov. Gavin Newsom. He’s also raised a fair amount from Silicon Valley’s biggest venture capitalists.

State Senate District 14
A
Anna Caballero (D)

Has a good voting record.  Sponsored bill to allow interstate commerce agreements for cannabis.

State Senate District 15
A-
Dave Cortese (D)

Dave Cortese has been on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors since 2008, and ran for San Jose mayor in 2014 with the support of organized labor. Before that, he was a defense attorney, and was disturbed by the number of marijuana and drug offenders in prison.   Cortese has been one of two Santa Clara supervisors to support establishing local cannabusiness.   

"It's time to turn the page on overtaxation," Cortese told the state of cannabis conference, saying that taxation should be modest and not used to fund other state services.  He regards expungement  as "justice served." 

In 2014 he said, “We need to protect unincorporated Santa Clara County from a potential migration of medical marijuana dispensaries from San Jose.” But in 2018 he voted against banning marijuana cultivation, arguing that prohibition is an ineffective way to deal with illegal grows. "By not regulating pot, the county loses out on sales tax that could help combat black-market cultivation and preserve farmland for other crops," Cortese told his colleagues at a board meeting. In the first quarter of 2018, the state raked in $33.6 million in cultivation and excise taxes from the newly expanded legal market, he pointed out.
  
He was recently helpful working with the Public Health Department’s Emergency Operations Center to determine whether it would be willing to revise or amend the FAQs to restore on-site access to cannabis for people who need it during the COVID-19 crisis. “We don’t want customers to be in pain because they can’t get their medicine, but we also don’t want them to die trying to get it,” Cortese said. “So it’s a difficult balancing act.”
State Senate District 16
D+
Melissa Hurtado (D)

Worst voting record of any Democrat in State Senate 2021-2.

State Senate District 17
A
John Laird (D)

Supported by the Women's Alliance for Medical Marijuana in Santa Cruz.  Formerly Mayor of Santa Cruz, where he had a long history of defending safe access to marijuana.   Believes overtaxation of cannabis is a key problem.   

State Senate District 19
A
Monique Limón (D)

Monique Limon has a perfect voting record in the Assembly. 

 

http://www.drugsense.org/dpfca/CAStateScorecard2018.html

State Senate District 21
B
State Senate District 22
C
Susan Rubio (D)

Avoids votes on controversial drug issues - employment rights, medical cannabis access, safe injection sites for drug users.

State Senate District 23
D+
Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh (R)

Posted a poor voting record in 2021-2, except for supporting reduced taxes for cannabis.  Bogh (R), a former field representative for Assemblyman Chad Mayes and trustee on the Yucaipa-Calimesa Unified School District board.

State Senate District 24
A
Ben Allen (D)

Good voting record.

State Senate District 25
State Senate District 26
A
Maria Durazo (D)

Consistently good voting record.  Labor leader with UNITE HERE International Union. Favors marriage equality, raising minimum wage, resisting Trump's assault on immigrants.

State Senate District 27
A-
State Senate District 29
A
Josh Newman (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE

Newman (D) was recalled on June 5, 2018 after he voted for a gas tax. Former Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang (R) was selected to replace him. He defeated Chang in 2016 for the seat and is running for it again. 

State Senate District 30
B+
Bob Archuleta (D)

State Senator Bob Archuleta leans towards traditionalist family values, but has compiled a commendable voting record on cannabis and drug issues.

State Senate District 31
A-
State Senate District 32
D-
Kelly Seyarto (R)

Republican Kelly Seyarto is a 35-year firefighter and mayor of Murietta. In August 2019, Murietta voted to allow for hemp businesses and cannabis testing labs to operate in the city, but continued its ban on any other cannabis businesses. 

Seyarto has voted badly in the Assembly. 

State Senate District 33
A-
State Senate District 34
B
Thomas Umberg (D)
Ex-prosecutor and deputy drug czar under Clinton. Had weak voting record in Assembly 1992-4 and 2004-2006. Open to discussion with reform advocates.
State Senate District 35
State Senate District 36
D+
Janet Nguyen (R)
Has long record of bad votes going back to days in Assembly.
State Senate District 37
B
Dave Min (D)

Generally good vote, but opposed employment rights bill.

State Senate District 39
A
State Senate District 40
C-
Brian Jones (R)
Had a weak record in state Assembly 2011-2016.
State Assembly District 1
D
Megan Dahle (R)

Bad voting record in the Assembly. Her website said: "Let me be very clear: as your Assemblywoman I will vote to get rid of the laws which let dangerous felons out of jail early, and which have decreased penalties for drug and property crime. At the same time, we need to have some compassion for our fellow Californians." 

State Assembly District 2
A-
Jim Wood (D)
Strong advocate for small growers in the district. Has weakness for tough enforcement measures and excessive regulations.
State Assembly District 3
D
James Gallagher (R)
Bad voting record in legislature
State Assembly District 4
A
Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D)

Has a good voting record. Introduced bill to regulate CBD products in CA. 

State Assembly District 5
State Assembly District 6
A
Kevin McCarty (D)
Votes well; supported legal dispensaries in Sacramento when on city council.
State Assembly District 8
D+
Jim Patterson (R)
Poor voting record
State Assembly District 9
D+
Heath Flora (R)
Poor voting record
State Assembly District 11
A
Lori Wilson (D)

Excellent voting record in 2021-2.

State Assembly District 13
C
Carlos Villapudua (D)

Avoided controversial votes in the Assembly on employment rights, medical access;  opposed safe injection site bill.  Served on the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors from 2008-2016. He was endorsed by the California Coalition of Law Enforcement Associations.

State Assembly District 14
A
Buffy Wicks (D)

Perfect voting record in 2021-2 session.   Former organizer for Obama campaign is endorsed by Gavin Newsom, Sen. Harris and Barack Obama. Advocates a public health approach to drug policy, emphasizing rehabilitation over punishment for all drugs.

State Assembly District 15
A-
Tim Grayson (D)

Good voting record in Assembly, except for supporting SB 1207 (2023) to enact restrictive labeling on cannabis products. 

State Assembly District 16
A
Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D)

Attorney, law professor and environmental advocate. Has a good voting record. 

State Assembly District 17
A
Matt Haney (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE

Strong advocate for cannabis in San Francisco;  sponsored employment rights resolution on Board of Supervisors.  Criticized for supporting S.F. Measure D raising business taxes on cannabis. 

State Assembly District 18
A
Mia Bonta (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE

Sponsored bill to expedite expungement of cannabis offenses.  Wife of A.G. Rob Bonta.

State Assembly District 19
A
Phil Ting (D)

Votes in line with pro-cannabis views of San Francisco. Sponsored bill to force more local outlets. 

State Assembly District 20
B
Liz Ortega (D)

Endorsed by outgoing Assemblyman Bill Quirk, a champion of cannabis reform in the legislature.

State Assembly District 21
A
Diane Papan (D)

Votes well and was friendly to cannabis advocates at Lobby Day 2023.

State Assembly District 23
A
State Assembly District 24
A
Alex Lee (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE

Lee is a young Gen Z progressive from a more conservative Chinese constituency.  He is enthusiastically  in favor of legal marijuana, social equity, employment rights for marijuana users, and more.  He doesn't use drugs, but is open to discussing legalization of psychedelics.

State Assembly District 25
A+
Ash Kalra (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE

Strong supporter of the cannabis industry. Sponsored two bills to allow veterinarians to recommend cannabis, and dispensaries to carry pet products. 

State Assembly District 26
A
Evan Low (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE

Young, openly gay, progressive Democratic legislator who has been a vocal supporter on LGBTQ rights and cannabis issues in the state assembly.   Sponsored AJR 27 calling on President Trump to leave legal cannabis industry alone.   

State Assembly District 27
B
Esmeralda Soria (D)

Supported licensed cannabusinesses on Fresno City Council.

State Assembly District 29
A
Robert Rivas (D)

Votes well on cannabis bills. 

State Assembly District 31
State Assembly District 32
D-
Vince Fong (R)

Fong posted a terrrible voting record on marijuana & drug issues in the Ca Assembly, just like his former boss, Kevin McCarthy, who is vacating this seat.

State Assembly District 33
D+
Devon Mathis (R)

Poor voting record, but has supported hemp and interstate commerce.

State Assembly District 34
B-
Tom Lackey (R) MEDICAL USE

Ex-CHP officer and leading Republican co-sponsor of legislation to legally regulate cannabis.  Supports lower cannabis taxes, but strong enforcement.

State Assembly District 36
A
Eduardo Garcia (D)
Good voting record.
State Assembly District 38
A-
Steve Bennett (D) MEDICAL USE

Democrat Steve Bennett, 69, is a Ventura County supervisor. In March 2017, he voted in favor of land-use amendments that would allow a limited number of dispensaries, processing plants and farms to provide marijuana for medicinal purposes in Ventura County.

“I asked the Board to approve a direction to staff to begin the process of developing proper regulations needed to have safe, practical access to medical cannabis while minimizing any negative impacts on the community,” Bennett said in 2016. “I made that request because I believe medical benefits of cannabis use are becoming more broadly known and we will only have safe, practical access with minimal negative impacts on the community if we invest the time and energy to create rational, effective regulations with a broad stakeholder input.” 

State Assembly District 41
A
Chris Holden (D)

Good voting record. 

State Assembly District 42
C-
Jacqui Irwin (D)

Mixed voting record.   Sponsored failed bill to ban cannabis billboards;  skipped votes on employment rights, medical access.

State Assembly District 43
A
Luz Rivas (D)

New to Assembly in 2018. Has a good voting record. Won handily in the March primary against her Republican challenger, earning 72% of the vote. 

State Assembly District 44
A
Laura Friedman (D)
Good voting record.
State Assembly District 45
C-
James Ramos (D)

Poor voting record for a Democrat.  As San Bernardino County Supervisor he repeatedly voted in opposition to legal cannabis in the county.  

State Assembly District 46
B+
Jesse Gabriel (D)
Joined Assembly in Jun 2018 - good voting record so far
State Assembly District 48
A
Blanca Rubio (D)

Good voting record. Sponsored bills to allow for hemp commerce. 

State Assembly District 49
A
Mike Fong (D)

Perfect voting record in 2021-2 session.

State Assembly District 50
A
Eloise Reyes (D)

Excellent voting record.

State Assembly District 52
A
Wendy Carrillo (D)

Good voting record. 

State Assembly District 53
B-
Freddie Rodriguez (D)
Skipped tough votes.
State Assembly District 54
A
Miguel Santiago (D)
Good voting record.
State Assembly District 55
A
Isaac Bryan (D)

Has voted well. Human rights advocate. 

State Assembly District 56
A-
Lisa Calderon (D)

Typically good vote on cannabis issues.  From a family of Calderon legislators.

State Assembly District 57
A+
Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D)

One of five Assembly leaders on legal cannabis legislation. Cal NORML 2017 legislator of the year award. Sponsored parental rights bill and co-sponsored Employment Rights legislation in 2022. 

State Assembly District 58
C+
Sabrina Cervantes (D)

Shaky voting record, opposed employment rights bill.

State Assembly District 59
D+
Phillip Chen (R)

Poor voting record. Endorsed by CA Police Chiefs and Peace Officers Research Assoc of CA.

State Assembly District 61
A-
Tina McKinnor (D)

Newly appointed to fill vacant seat, McKinnor hasn't compiled a full voting record yet, but has indicated strong support for cannabis users' rights.

State Assembly District 62
A
Anthony Rendon (D)
As Speaker of the Assembly, Rendon voted and led well on cannabis issues.
State Assembly District 63
D
Bill Essayli (R)
Ex-US attorney and Riverside DA's office. Opposes criminal justice reform measures Prop 47, Prop 57 and AB 109. "Put Criminals in Jail and Keep Them There"
State Assembly District 65
A-
Mike Gipson (D)
Superior voting record.
State Assembly District 66
D+
Al Muratsuchi (D)
Ex-prosecutor. Worst voting record of any Assembly Democrat.
State Assembly District 67
B-
Sharon Quirk-Silva (D)
Mediocre voting record for a Democrat.
State Assembly District 73
State Assembly District 74
D
Laurie Davies (R)

Republican Assemblywoman Davies, who also owns a wedding planning business, failed to post a single good vote on key cannabis legislation in 2021-2.  

State Assembly District 75
C-
Marie Waldron (R)
Weak voting record. Republican minority floor leader.
State Assembly District 76
C-
Brian Maienschein (D)

Weak voting record.  Skipped votes on controversial cannabis issues.  Ex-Republican, pro-choice, secular.

State Assembly District 77
B+
Tasha Boerner Horvath (D)

Generally good vote on cannabis and drug reform bills.

State Assembly District 78
A
Chris Ward (D)

Perfect voting record in first term.  

Former San Diego City Councilman and Chief of Staff to State Senator Marty Block. Chaired the San Diego City Council’s economic development committee, which voted 4-0 in September to draft a cannabis equity policy in November 2019. https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/communities/san-diego/story/2019-11-17/battle-heating-up-over-san-diegos-proposed-cannabis-equity-program

State Assembly District 79
A
Akilah Weber (D)

Perfect voting record in 2021-2.

State Assembly District 80
A
David Alvarez (D)

Perfect voting record since joining house in June 2022.  Replaced Lorena Gonzalez, who resigned to head California Labor Federation.