NORML Releases 2020 Governors Scorecard – How did Your Governor Do?

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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

Photo Credit: NORML.org

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:

State Governor (Party) Grade
Alabama Kay Ivey (R) D
Alaska Mike Dunleavy (R) C
Arizona Doug Ducey (R) D
Arkansas Asa Hutchinson (R) D
California Gavin Newsom (D) B
Colorado Jared Polis (D) A
Connecticut Ned Lamont (D) B-
Delaware John Carney (D) B-
Florida Ron DeSantis (R) C-
Georgia Brian Kemp (R) C-
Hawaii David Ige (D) D+
Idaho Brad Little (R) F
Illinois JB Pritzker (D) A+
Indiana Eric Holcomb (R) F
Iowa Kim Reynolds (R) D-
Kansas Laura Kelly (D) B-
Kentucky Andy Beshear (D) B-
Louisiana John Bel Edwards (D) C-
Maine Janet Mills (D) A-
Maryland Larry Hogan (R) C
Massachusetts Charlie Baker (R) C
Michigan Gretchen Whitmer (D) B+
Minnesota Tim Walz (D) B+
Mississippi Tate Reeves (R) D
Missouri Mike Parson (R) C
Montana Steve Bullock (D) C+
Nebraska Pete Ricketts (R) F
Nevada Steve Sisolak (D) A
New Hampshire Chris Sununu (R) D+
New Jersey Phil Murphy (D) A-
New Mexico Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) A
New York Andrew Cuomo (D) A-
North Carolina Roy Cooper (D) D
North Dakota Doug Burgum (R) C+
Ohio Mike DeWine (R) F
Oklahoma Kevin Stitt (R) B-
Oregon Kate Brown (D) A
Pennsylvania Tom Wolf (D) B+
Rhode Island Gina Raimondo (D) B-
South Carolina Henry McMaster (R) F
South Dakota Kristi Noem (R) F
Tennessee Bill Lee (R) F
Texas Greg Abbott (R) D
Utah Gary Herbert (R) C-
Vermont Phil Scott (R) C
Virginia Ralph Northam (D) B+
Washington Jay Inslee (D) A
West Virginia Jim Justice (R) D
Wisconsin Tony Evers (D) B+
Wyoming Mark Gordon (R) F
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