Here's How All of America's Newly Elected Governors Feel About Legalized Marijuana

Yesterday was the midterm elections, and 20 new governors were elected in the United States, including seven Democrats who wrestled control of the governor’s mansion away from Republicans. Considering most marijuana legalization laws occur at the state level, it’s probably a good idea to see how the new governors feels about cannabis.

So here’s where every new governor elected yesterday stands on marijuana legalization:

California – Democrat Gavin Newsom

Supports recreational marijuana legalization.

Alaska – Republican Mike Dunleavy

Says he has no plans to change Alaska’s legalized marijuana laws.

Idaho – Republican Brad Little

Does not support legalizing recreational or medical marijuana.

Nevada – Democrat Steve Sisolak

Supports legalizing recreational marijuana and creating clearer regulations in Nevada.

Wyoming – Republican Mark Gordon

Does not support legalizing recreational or medical marijuana.

Colorado – Democrat Jared Polis

Supports recreational marijuana.

New Mexico – Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham

Supports legalizing recreational marijuana.

Oklahoma – Republican Kevin Stitt

Does not support recreational marijuana, but will work to implement medical marijuana in the state.

Kansas – Democrat Laura Kelly

Supports medical marijuana and changing sentencing guidelines, says recreational marijuana is far in the future for Kansas.

South Dakota – Republican Kristi Noem

Does not support legalizing recreational or medical marijuana.

Minnesota – Democrat Tim Walz

Supports legalizing recreational marijuana.

Wisconsin – Democrat Tony Evers

Supports legalizing medical marijuana and believes Wisconsin should hold a statewide vote to determine what to do about recreational marijuana.

Illinois – Democrat J.B. Pritzker

Supports legalizing recreational marijuana

Michigan – Democrat Gretchen Whitmer

Supports legalizing recreational marijuana

Ohio – Republican Mike DeWine

Does not support legalizing recreational marijuana.

Tennessee – Republican Bill Lee

Does not support legalizing recreational or medical marijuana.

Florida – Republican Ron DeSantis

Will work to better implement medical marijuana in Florida, but does not support legalizing recreational marijuana.

Georgia – Republican Brian Kemp

Supports a limited expansion of medical marijuana in the state, but doesn’t want to allow cannabis to be grown in Georgia and also opposes decriminalizing marijuana.

Connecticut – Democrat Ned Lamont

Supports legalizing recreational marijuana.

Maine – Democrat Janet Mills

Supports legalizing recreational marijuana and allowing the state to begin recreational sales.


President Trump's 2020 budget request includes a loophole that would let Washington, DC finally open up dispensaries for recreational cannabis. Although DC voters passed a ballot initiative to legalize recreational cannabis back in 2014, Congress has used its power over the nation's capital to prevent it from selling cannabis for recreational use. Right now, local dispensaries can only sell medical marijuana to registered patients thanks to Congress, which controls spending in the District of Columbia.

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