NORML PAC and Virginia NORML endorse the following candidates


Senator Tim Kaine (D)

Office: U.S. Senate
About: Senator Kaine has been a leader in the reform efforts on Capitol Hill by cosponsoring the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act, on of the most robust efforts to end federal prohibition and end the practice of treating cannabis consumers as second class citizens.
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Congressman Scott Taylor (R-2)

Office: U.S. House of Representatives
About: “I think we should decriminalize [marijuana] and leave it up to the states,” said Congressman Taylor, cosponsor of H.R. 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017. “I do believe it’s a state decision, not a federal decision.”
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Senator Adam Ebbin (D-30)

Office: Virginia Senate
About: Senator Ebbin is a longtime supporter of Virginia NORML and has patroned decriminalization legislation in multiple sessions.


Candidates for Legislative Offices and Interested Parties:

With nine states now having legalized adult-use marijuana, and 30 states authorizing medical marijuana access, issues surrounding cannabis policy have taken center stage in elections from the local level to Congress. Over 90 percent of Americans support medical marijuana access and 60 percent support legalizing and regulating marijuana in a manner like alcohol. Supporting sensible reform to our nation’s marijuana laws is not just overwhelmingly popular, it is the economic, scientific, and moral thing to do.

If you are running for any elected office, it is very likely voters will want to know your position on marijuana policy.

Please take a moment to respond to the questions below. NORML will include your responses/positions in the Smoke the Vote guide. Email responses to politics@norml.org.

Federal Decriminalization of Marijuana
Please indicate your position toward removing marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act and allowing states to set their own policies

Medical-use Marijuana
Please indicate your position toward legalizing the use of doctor-recommended medical marijuana

Adult-use Marijuana
Please indicate your position toward legalizing and regulating the responsible use of marijuana by adults

The NORML Candidate Packet provides a primer on a variety of marijuana-related topics for candidates, including important statistics and talking points.


  • Polling
  • Sample text for policy platform
  • Suggested stump speech paragraph
  • Key points on the benefits of marijuana legalization
  • Key points on the benefits of medical marijuana
  • Data dispelling the common myths around cannabis
  • How marijuana can be used to combat the opioid crisis