16-Year-Old Running for Kansas Governor Goes on Jimmy Kimmel and Says He Supports Marijuana Legalization

In a world where Donald Trump can be elected President of the United States of America, it seems like just about anyone can become an elected official. So when a 16-year-old announced his candidacy for governor in Kansas, it wasn't that surprising. What was surprising is he's actually running on a very reasonable platform, which includes marijuana legalization.

Jack Bergeson is a 16-year-old running for governor in Kansas, which is 100 percent legal in the state. Apparently Kansas has no requirements for who can serve as governor. There are no age, experience or even residency rules for people who can run for office. Therefore Bergeson's candidacy is perfectly acceptable. 

Bergeson is running as an anti-establishment Democratic candidate for governor. His platform includes raising minimum wage, overhauling the state's health care system, increase in teacher pay and (most importantly) marijuana legalization. He's also only accepting grassroots financing of his campaign, meaning he won't accept any donations over $500. 

The campaign is generating buzz all over the internet. In fact, Bergeson even made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live to talk about his candidacy. Take a look:


You can follow Bergeson's candidacy over on his website. It's a sad reflection on American politics when the only candidate proposing reasonable policies is a teenager.


Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) isn't the most vocal cannabis advocate on the 2020 presidential campaign trail, but you shouldn't take that as a lack of support for marijuana legalization. Unlike many of the top contenders for the upcoming Democratic primaries, Ryan hasn't filed any of his own cannabis legalization bills.

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