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Upcoming Election
Minnesota General Election: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Race for President
A
Darcy Richardson (I) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
A
Howie Hawkins (I) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE
B-
Joe Biden (D) DECRIMINALIZE

Joe Biden has a history of supporting anti-drug, tough on crime policies as well as those that imposed punitive penalties for drug offenses and facilitated discrimnation against drug users.

His current criminal justice reform plan includes provisions that would decriminalize the use of cannabis and automatically expunge all prior cannabis use convictions. Read more

C
Rocky De La Fuente (I) MEDICAL USE
"I support decriminalization of possession and use of marijuana under federal laws. I believe each state should decide whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use." -CBS12.com
Race for U.S. House District 4
A
Betty McCollum (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
A
Susan Sindt (I) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
Running as a member of the Legal Marijuana Now party
Race for State Senate District 4
C
Kent Eken (D)
Race for State Senate District 9
F
Paul Gazelka (R)

In line with his previous negative comments about marijuana (see below), Senator Gazelka proclaimed that the MN Senate would not consider marijuana legalization in 2020 

Race for State Senate District 11
D-
Jason Rarick (R)

Senator Rarick declared in an interview that he "can't get behind" legalizing recreational marijuana, although he thinks "we should be backing off a little bit" on marijuana enforcement.

Race for State Senate District 13
C
Jeff Howe (R) MEDICAL USE
Race for State Senate District 20
A
Jon Olson (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE MEDICAL USE
Race for State Senate District 22
A-
Brian Abrahamson (I) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
B
Bill Weber (R) MEDICAL USE
Race for State Senate District 23
A
David Pulkrabek (I) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
D-
Julie Rosen (R)

Opposed to legalization https://www.mnmed.org/MMA/media/Minnesota-Medicine-Magazine/MMANews_Mrachek_0314.pdf She's concerned Minnesota will experience an increase in homelessness and drug treatment costs if the state legalizes cannabis use, similar to some of the issues she's seen when she goes back to Colorado. (2/17/19)

Race for State Senate District 39
C
Karin Housley (R)
Special Election
Race for State Senate District 40
C
Chris Eaton (D) DECRIMINALIZE NO MEDICAL USE

Regarding legalization for adult use, “I don’t think we do a very good job with alcohol,” Eaton said. “To add another ‘alcohol’ equivalent to the mix with the same percentage of addiction, the same impediments to driving isn’t a good idea." (2019

Race for State Senate District 41
A
Mary Kunesh-Podein (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
Race for State Senate District 49
A+
Melisa Franzen (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
Race for State Senate District 59
B+
Bobby Joe Champion (D) MEDICAL USE
Race for State Senate District 61
B
Jennifer Zielinski (R) MEDICAL USE
Race for State House District 1B
F
Deb Kiel (R) NO MEDICAL USE
Race for State House District 2B
F
Steve Green (R) NO MEDICAL USE
Race for State House District 3A
A
Rob Ecklund (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
Race for State House District 3B
F
Mary Murphy (D) NO MEDICAL USE
Race for State House District 4B
F
Paul Marquart (D) NO MEDICAL USE
Race for State House District 5A
C
John Persell (D) DECRIMINALIZE
Race for State House District 7A
A
Jennifer Schultz (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
Race for State House District 7B
A
Liz Olson (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
Race for State House District 8B
F
Mary Franson (R) NO MEDICAL USE
Race for State House District 9B
F
Ron Kresha (R) NO MEDICAL USE
Race for State House District 11A
A
Mike Sundin (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
Race for State House District 12B
A
Ben Schirmers (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
F
Paul Anderson (R) NO MEDICAL USE
Race for State House District 13B
F
Tim O'Driscoll (R) NO MEDICAL USE
Race for State House District 14A
B+
Tama Theis (R) DECRIMINALIZE
Race for State House District 15A
F
Sondra Erickson (R) NO MEDICAL USE
Race for State House District 16A
F
Chris Swedzinski (R) NO MEDICAL USE
Race for State House District 16B
F
Paul Torkelson (R) NO MEDICAL USE
Race for State House District 18A
F
Dean Urdahl (R) NO MEDICAL USE
Race for State House District 18B
F
Glenn Gruenhagen (R) NO MEDICAL USE
Race for State House District 19A
A-
Jeff Brand (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
Race for State House District 21B
C
Steve Drazkowski (R) DECRIMINALIZE
Race for State House District 22A
C
Joe Schomacker (R) DECRIMINALIZE
Race for State House District 22B
C+
Rod Hamilton (R) DECRIMINALIZE
Race for State House District 24A
F
John Petersburg (R) NO MEDICAL USE
Race for State House District 25A
F
Duane Quam (R) NO MEDICAL USE
Race for State House District 26A
A+
Tina Liebling (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
Race for State House District 27B
C
Jeanne Poppe (D) DECRIMINALIZE
Race for State House District 28A
C
Gene Pelowski (D) DECRIMINALIZE
Race for State House District 28B
F
Greg Davids (R) NO MEDICAL USE
Race for State House District 29A
F
Joe McDonald (R) NO MEDICAL USE
Race for State House District 29B
F
Marion O'Neill (R) NO MEDICAL USE
Race for State House District 31A
A
Brad Brown (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
F
Kurt Daudt (R) NO MEDICAL USE
Race for State House District 31B
B+
Susan Larson (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
Race for State House District 32A
F
Brian Johnson (R) NO MEDICAL USE
Race for State House District 33A
C
Jerry Hertaus (R) DECRIMINALIZE
Race for State House District 35B
F
Peggy Scott (R) NO MEDICAL USE
Race for State House District 36B
C
Melissa Hortman (D) DECRIMINALIZE
Race for State House District 37A
A
Erin Koegel (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
Race for State House District 39A
A
Ann Mozey (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
F
Bob Dettmer (R) NO MEDICAL USE
Race for State House District 40A
C
Michael Nelson (D) DECRIMINALIZE
Race for State House District 40B
A
Samantha Vang (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
Race for State House District 42B
A-
Jamie Becker-Finn (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
Race for State House District 43A
C
Peter Fischer (D) DECRIMINALIZE
Race for State House District 45B
A+
Mike Freiberg (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
Race for State House District 46A
A+
Ryan Winkler (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
Race for State House District 46B
A-
Melissa Moore (R) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
Race for State House District 50A
A-
Michael Howard (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
Race for State House District 50B
A-
Andrew Carlson (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
Race for State House District 51A
C
Sandra Masin (D) DECRIMINALIZE
Race for State House District 52A
C
Rick Hansen (D) DECRIMINALIZE
Race for State House District 55A
A
Ryan Martin (I) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
A-
Brad Tabke (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
Race for State House District 55B
C
Tony Albright (R) DECRIMINALIZE
Race for State House District 56B
C
Roz Peterson (R) DECRIMINALIZE
Race for State House District 57B
A
John Huot (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
Race for State House District 58B
C+
Patrick Garofalo (R) DECRIMINALIZE
Race for State House District 59A
A+
Fue Lee (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
A
Marcus Harcus (I) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
Race for State House District 61A
A
Frank Hornstein (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
Race for State House District 62B
A
Aisha Gomez (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
Race for State House District 63A
C
Jim Davnie (D) DECRIMINALIZE
Race for State House District 63B
A
Dennis Schuller (I) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
Running as a member of the Legal Marijuana Now party
Race for State House District 64A
A-
Kaohly Her (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
Race for State House District 65A
A+
Rena Moran (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
Race for State House District 65B
A
Carlos Mariani (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
Race for State House District 66A
A+
Alice Hausman (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
Race for State House District 67B
A
Jay Xiong (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
Your Elected Officials
Governor
B+
Tim Walz (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
Lieutenant Governor
A+
Peggy Flanagan (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
U.S. Senate
A
Tina Smith (D) DECRIMINALIZE
Special Election
U.S. Senate
B
Amy Klobuchar (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE

In the 10th Democratic Debate, Senator Klobuchar said, “It is realistic to want to legalize marijuana. I want to do that too. I also think you need to look back at people’s records. You maybe can’t do that on day one, as he said. I think you want a process that you go through because there are too many people that have things on their records that stopped them from getting jobs.”

The senator went on to say that legalization should be coupled with investments in substance misuse treatment.

However, as a Senator, she has not cosponsored any of the bills pending to end federal prohibition. 

U.S. House District 1
U.S. House District 2
A
Angie Craig (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
U.S. House District 3
U.S. House District 4
A
Betty McCollum (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
U.S. House District 5
A
Ilhan Omar (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
U.S. House District 6
F
Tom Emmer (R)
U.S. House District 7
U.S. House District 8
State Senate District 4
C
Kent Eken (D)
State Senate District 9
F
Paul Gazelka (R)

In line with his previous negative comments about marijuana (see below), Senator Gazelka proclaimed that the MN Senate would not consider marijuana legalization in 2020 

State Senate District 11
D-
Jason Rarick (R)

Senator Rarick declared in an interview that he "can't get behind" legalizing recreational marijuana, although he thinks "we should be backing off a little bit" on marijuana enforcement.

State Senate District 13
C
Jeff Howe (R) MEDICAL USE
State Senate District 22
B
Bill Weber (R) MEDICAL USE
State Senate District 23
D-
Julie Rosen (R)

Opposed to legalization https://www.mnmed.org/MMA/media/Minnesota-Medicine-Magazine/MMANews_Mrachek_0314.pdf She's concerned Minnesota will experience an increase in homelessness and drug treatment costs if the state legalizes cannabis use, similar to some of the issues she's seen when she goes back to Colorado. (2/17/19)

State Senate District 39
C
Karin Housley (R)
Special Election
State Senate District 40
C
Chris Eaton (D) DECRIMINALIZE NO MEDICAL USE

Regarding legalization for adult use, “I don’t think we do a very good job with alcohol,” Eaton said. “To add another ‘alcohol’ equivalent to the mix with the same percentage of addiction, the same impediments to driving isn’t a good idea." (2019

State Senate District 41
State Senate District 49
A+
Melisa Franzen (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State Senate District 59
B+
Bobby Joe Champion (D) MEDICAL USE
State Senate District 62
A+
Jeff Hayden (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State House District 1A
F
Dan Fabian (R) NO MEDICAL USE
State House District 1B
F
Deb Kiel (R) NO MEDICAL USE
State House District 2B
F
Steve Green (R) NO MEDICAL USE
State House District 3A
A
Rob Ecklund (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State House District 3B
F
Mary Murphy (D) NO MEDICAL USE
State House District 4A
A
Ben Lien (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State House District 4B
F
Paul Marquart (D) NO MEDICAL USE
State House District 5A
C
John Persell (D) DECRIMINALIZE
State House District 7A
A
Jennifer Schultz (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State House District 7B
A
Liz Olson (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State House District 8A
F
Bud Nornes (R) NO MEDICAL USE
State House District 8B
F
Mary Franson (R) NO MEDICAL USE
State House District 9B
F
Ron Kresha (R) NO MEDICAL USE
State House District 11A
A
Mike Sundin (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State House District 12B
F
Paul Anderson (R) NO MEDICAL USE
State House District 13B
F
Tim O'Driscoll (R) NO MEDICAL USE
State House District 14A
B+
Tama Theis (R) DECRIMINALIZE
State House District 15A
F
Sondra Erickson (R) NO MEDICAL USE
State House District 16A
F
Chris Swedzinski (R) NO MEDICAL USE
State House District 16B
F
Paul Torkelson (R) NO MEDICAL USE
State House District 18A
F
Dean Urdahl (R) NO MEDICAL USE
State House District 18B
F
Glenn Gruenhagen (R) NO MEDICAL USE
State House District 19A
A-
Jeff Brand (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State House District 19B
B
Jack Considine (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State House District 21B
C
Steve Drazkowski (R) DECRIMINALIZE
State House District 22A
C
Joe Schomacker (R) DECRIMINALIZE
State House District 22B
C+
Rod Hamilton (R) DECRIMINALIZE
State House District 23A
C
Bob Gunther (R) DECRIMINALIZE
State House District 24A
F
John Petersburg (R) NO MEDICAL USE
State House District 25A
F
Duane Quam (R) NO MEDICAL USE
State House District 25B
B+
Duane Sauke (D) MEDICAL USE
State House District 26A
A+
Tina Liebling (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State House District 27B
C
Jeanne Poppe (D) DECRIMINALIZE
State House District 28A
C
Gene Pelowski (D) DECRIMINALIZE
State House District 28B
F
Greg Davids (R) NO MEDICAL USE
State House District 29A
F
Joe McDonald (R) NO MEDICAL USE
State House District 29B
F
Marion O'Neill (R) NO MEDICAL USE
State House District 31A
F
Kurt Daudt (R) NO MEDICAL USE
State House District 32A
F
Brian Johnson (R) NO MEDICAL USE
State House District 33A
C
Jerry Hertaus (R) DECRIMINALIZE
State House District 35B
F
Peggy Scott (R) NO MEDICAL USE
State House District 36B
C
Melissa Hortman (D) DECRIMINALIZE
State House District 37A
A
Erin Koegel (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State House District 38A
F
Linda Runbeck (R) NO MEDICAL USE
State House District 39A
F
Bob Dettmer (R) NO MEDICAL USE
State House District 40A
C
Michael Nelson (D) DECRIMINALIZE
State House District 40B
A
Samantha Vang (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State House District 41B
A
Mary Kunesh-Podein (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State House District 42B
A-
Jamie Becker-Finn (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State House District 43A
C
Peter Fischer (D) DECRIMINALIZE
State House District 43B
C
Leon Lillie (D) DECRIMINALIZE
State House District 45A
C
Lyndon Carlson (D) DECRIMINALIZE
State House District 45B
A+
Mike Freiberg (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State House District 46A
A+
Ryan Winkler (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
State House District 48A
C
State House District 50A
A-
Michael Howard (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State House District 50B
A-
Andrew Carlson (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State House District 51A
C
Sandra Masin (D) DECRIMINALIZE
State House District 51B
C+
Laurie Halverson (D) DECRIMINALIZE
State House District 52A
C
Rick Hansen (D) DECRIMINALIZE
State House District 55A
A-
Brad Tabke (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State House District 55B
C
Tony Albright (R) DECRIMINALIZE
State House District 56A
A-
Hunter Cantrell (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State House District 57B
A
John Huot (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State House District 58B
C+
Patrick Garofalo (R) DECRIMINALIZE
State House District 59A
A+
Fue Lee (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State House District 59B
A+
Raymond Dehn (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State House District 61A
A
Frank Hornstein (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State House District 62A
A
State House District 62B
A
Aisha Gomez (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State House District 63A
C
Jim Davnie (D) DECRIMINALIZE
State House District 63B
C
Jean Wagenius (D) DECRIMINALIZE
State House District 64A
A-
Kaohly Her (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State House District 65A
A+
Rena Moran (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State House District 65B
A
Carlos Mariani (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State House District 66A
A+
Alice Hausman (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State House District 66B
A
John Lesch (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE MANDATORY MINIMUMS
State House District 67A
A
Tim Mahoney (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE MANDATORY MINIMUMS
State House District 67B
A
Jay Xiong (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE