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Chris Coleman on Drugs
DFL: Click here for Chris Coleman on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Mark Dayton on Drugs
Democratic Governor; previously Senator: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Mark Dayton on other issues.
  • Establish rules for medical marijuana. (May 2014)
  • Greatest threat to national security is flood of drugs. (Oct 2000)
  • Strengthen the fight against illegal drugs. (Jul 2000)
  • Rated C by NORML, indicating a mixed record on drug reform. (Nov 2016)
Matt Dean on Drugs
Republican candidate for Governor: Click here for Matt Dean on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Tina Liebling on Drugs
Democratic candidate for Governor: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Tina Liebling on other issues.
  • War on drugs failed; end prohibition & use pot responsibly. (May 2017)
Erin Murphy on Drugs
DFL: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Erin Murphy on other issues.
  • Establish rules for medical marijuana. (May 2014)
Rebecca Otto on Drugs
Democratic candidate for Governor: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Rebecca Otto on other issues.
  • War on drugs is a failure. (Nov 2017)
Tina Smith on Drugs
Democratic Minnesota Lieutenant Governor: Click here for Tina Smith on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Tim Walz on Drugs
Democrat: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Tim Walz on other issues.
  • Supports medical marijuana. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs. (Jun 2008)
  • Rated 75% by NORML, indicating a pro-legalization stance. (Jan 2014)
  • Rated B by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance. (Nov 2016)

Senate:

MN 2018: 2018 MN Governor's race


Jim Abeler on Drugs
Republican challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jim Abeler on other issues.
  • No legalized medical marijuana. (May 2009)
Al Franken on Drugs
DFL Jr Senator (MN): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Al Franken on other issues.
  • Admitted drug use during days as TV comedian. (Sep 2010)
  • Wrote two movies about drug addiction and its horrors. (Sep 2010)
  • Drug abuse isnít immoral; hypocrisy about it is. (Apr 2004)
  • Rated C by NORML, indicating a mixed record on drug reform. (Nov 2016)
Heather Johnson on Drugs
Libertarian Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Heather Johnson on other issues.
  • Legalize or decriminalize marijuana. (Aug 2014)
  • Release prisoners convicted of marijuana possession. (Aug 2014)
Mike McFadden on Drugs
Republican Challenger: Click here for Mike McFadden on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Dan Severson on Drugs
Republican Challenger: Click here for Dan Severson on other issues.
    No stance on record.

House:


Chip Cravaack on Drugs
Republican (District 8): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Chip Cravaack on other issues.
  • Develop counterdrug strategy for federal open lands. (Feb 2011)
Keith Ellison on Drugs
Democrat: Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Keith Ellison on other issues.
  • Voted NO on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs. (Jun 2008)
  • End harsher sentencing for crack vs. powder cocaine. (Jun 2007)
  • Allow rehabilitated drug convicts get student loans. (Jan 2008)
  • Expunge records for first drug offenders after probation. (Jul 2011)
  • Exclude industrial hemp from definition of marijuana. (May 2011)
  • Exempt industrial hemp from marijuana laws. (Feb 2013)
  • Rated 75% by NORML, indicating a pro-legalization stance. (Jan 2014)
  • Rated B by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance. (Nov 2016)
  • Distribute sterile syringes to reduce AIDS and hepatitis. (Jan 2009)
Tom Emmer on Drugs
Republican House Member (District 6): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Tom Emmer on other issues.
  • Rated B- by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance. (Nov 2016)
John Kline on Drugs
Republican Representative (MN-2): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for John Kline on other issues.
  • Voted NO on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs. (Jun 2008)
  • Rated -20 by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Develop counterdrug strategy for federal open lands. (Feb 2011)
  • Rated 0% by NORML, indicating an anti-legalization stance. (Jan 2014)
  • Rated D by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance. (Nov 2016)
Betty McCollum on Drugs
Democratic Representative (MN-4): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Betty McCollum on other issues.
  • Voted YES on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
  • Rated Zero by NORML, indicating a mixed record on drug reform. (Dec 2006)
  • Exempt industrial hemp from marijuana laws. (Nov 2013)
  • Rated 75% by NORML, indicating a pro-legalization stance. (Jan 2014)
  • Rated B by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance. (Nov 2016)
  • Distribute sterile syringes to reduce AIDS and hepatitis. (Jan 2009)
Rick Nolan on Drugs
Democrat (District 8): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Rick Nolan on other issues.
  • Rated B by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance. (Nov 2016)
Erik Paulsen on Drugs
Republican (District 3): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Erik Paulsen on other issues.
  • Rated D by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance. (Nov 2016)
Collin Peterson on Drugs
Democrat/Farmer/Labor Representative (MN-7): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Collin Peterson on other issues.
  • Voted YES on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated -30 by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Exclude industrial hemp from definition of marijuana. (Oct 2011)
  • Exempt industrial hemp from marijuana laws. (Feb 2013)
  • Rated 50% by NORML, indicating a mixed record on drug reform. (Jan 2014)
  • Rated B by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance. (Nov 2016)
Tim Walz on Drugs
Democrat: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Tim Walz on other issues.
  • Supports medical marijuana. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs. (Jun 2008)
  • Rated 75% by NORML, indicating a pro-legalization stance. (Jan 2014)
  • Rated B by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance. (Nov 2016)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Mike Hatch on Drugs
Former DFL Challenger for Governor (2006): Click here for Mike Hatch on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Tim Pawlenty on Drugs
Republican MN Governor: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Tim Pawlenty on other issues.
  • Legalizing marijuana is unneeded & unwise. (May 2010)
  • Tougher penalties for meth offenders. (Nov 2006)
Joe Arwood on Drugs
Former Republican Primary Challenger (2012): Click here for Joe Arwood on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Anthony Hernandez on Drugs
Former Republican Primary Challenger (2012): Click here for Anthony Hernandez on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Julianne Ortman on Drugs
Former Republican Senate Challenger (2014): Click here for Julianne Ortman on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Michele Bachmann on Drugs
Republican Representative (MN-6); 2011 GOP frontrunner: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Michele Bachmann on other issues.
  • High school: didn't drink; didn't smoke; didn't do drugs. (Nov 2011)
  • Voted NO on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs. (Jun 2008)
  • Rated 25% by NORML, indicating an anti-legalization stance. (Jan 2014)
Jesse Ventura on Drugs
Former Independent Governor (1999-2002): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Jesse Ventura on other issues.
  • While we fight "war on drugs", Afghans do our drug business. (Apr 2011)
  • Banks & prison-industrial complex gets rich on the drug war. (Mar 2010)
  • Let states decide medical marijuana laws. (Apr 2008)
  • Treat marijuana like we treat alcohol and tobacco. (Apr 2008)
  • Drug addiction is a health problem, not a crime. (Jul 2000)
  • Drug War fails like Prohibition did. (Jul 2000)
  • Stopped taking steroids & made FDA posters against them. (Jan 1999)
  • Tougher drunk-driving laws for repeat offenders. (Jan 1999)
  • Stop being so afraid of marijuana; some uses are OK. (Jan 1999)
  • The war on drugs has failed; look for other solutions. (Jan 1999)
  • Rethink approach to drugs; ďmore of the sameĒ fails. (Oct 1998)
  • Jail wonít work when we canít even keep drugs out of prisons. (Oct 1998)
  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)
Mike Ciresi on Drugs
Former DFL Senate Challenger (2008): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Mike Ciresi on other issues.
  • 2007: acknowledged past marijuana dabbling. (Sep 2010)
Rod Grams on Drugs
Republican Senator (Former): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Rod Grams on other issues.
  • Voted YES on increasing penalties for drug offenses. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted YES on spending international development funds on drug control. (Jul 1996)
Mark Kennedy on Drugs
Republican challenger (2006), U.S. Rep: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Mark Kennedy on other issues.
  • Voted YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
Mark Kennedy on Drugs
Republican (until 2006) (District 2): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Mark Kennedy on other issues.
  • Voted YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
Walter Mondale on Drugs
Former Democratic Challenger and Vice President (1981): Click here for Walter Mondale on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jesse Ventura on Drugs
Independent Senate challenger (2008): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Jesse Ventura on other issues.
  • While we fight "war on drugs", Afghans do our drug business. (Apr 2011)
  • Banks & prison-industrial complex gets rich on the drug war. (Mar 2010)
  • Let states decide medical marijuana laws. (Apr 2008)
  • Treat marijuana like we treat alcohol and tobacco. (Apr 2008)
  • Drug addiction is a health problem, not a crime. (Jul 2000)
  • Drug War fails like Prohibition did. (Jul 2000)
  • Stopped taking steroids & made FDA posters against them. (Jan 1999)
  • Tougher drunk-driving laws for repeat offenders. (Jan 1999)
  • Stop being so afraid of marijuana; some uses are OK. (Jan 1999)
  • The war on drugs has failed; look for other solutions. (Jan 1999)
  • Rethink approach to drugs; ďmore of the sameĒ fails. (Oct 1998)
  • Jail wonít work when we canít even keep drugs out of prisons. (Oct 1998)
  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)
Paul Wellstone on Drugs
Democratic Senator (Former): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Paul Wellstone on other issues.
  • Voted NO on increasing penalties for drug offenses. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted NO on spending international development funds on drug control. (Jul 1996)
Dean Barkley on Drugs
Independent Senate challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Dean Barkley on other issues.
  • Donít fight drug use as a moral issue. (Aug 2008)
  • Mandatory jail sentences for selling drugs. (Nov 1996)
Ford Bell on Drugs
DFL challenger: Click here for Ford Bell on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Michael Cavlan on Drugs
Green Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Michael Cavlan on other issues.
  • War on Drugs is really war on the poor and minorities. (Aug 2006)
Norm Coleman on Drugs
Republican Sr Senator (MN): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Norm Coleman on other issues.
  • Opposed to legalizing marijuana despite past usage. (Sep 2010)
  • Require chemical resellers to certify against meth use. (Sep 2007)
Mark Dayton on Drugs
Democratic Governor; previously Senator: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Mark Dayton on other issues.
  • Establish rules for medical marijuana. (May 2014)
  • Greatest threat to national security is flood of drugs. (Oct 2000)
  • Strengthen the fight against illegal drugs. (Jul 2000)
  • Rated C by NORML, indicating a mixed record on drug reform. (Nov 2016)
Robert Fitzgerald on Drugs
Independence Party Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Robert Fitzgerald on other issues.
  • Eliminate war on drugs; decriminalize marijuana. (Oct 2006)
Gil Gutknecht on Drugs
Republican (District 1): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Gil Gutknecht on other issues.
  • Voted YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. (Sep 1998)
Bill Luther on Drugs
Democrat/Farmer/Labor (District 6): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Bill Luther on other issues.
  • Voted YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
David Minge on Drugs
Democrat/Farmer/Labor (District 2): Click here for the full quote OR click here for David Minge on other issues.
  • Voted NO on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer on Drugs
Democratic Senate challenger: Click here for Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer on other issues.
    No stance on record.
James Niemackl on Drugs
Libertarian Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for James Niemackl on other issues.
  • Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it. (Aug 2008)
James Oberstar on Drugs
Democrat/Farmer/Labor Representative (MN-8): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for James Oberstar on other issues.
  • Voted YES on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated +20 by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 50% by NORML, indicating a mixed record on drug reform. (Jan 2014)
Tim Penny on Drugs
Democrat (1982-1995) (District 1): Click here for Tim Penny on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jim Ramstad on Drugs
Republican Representative (MN-3): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Jim Ramstad on other issues.
  • Voted YES on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated -30 by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance. (Dec 2006)
Martin Sabo on Drugs
Democrat/Farmer/Labor (District 5): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Martin Sabo on other issues.
  • Voted NO on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. (Sep 1998)
  • Legalize medical marijuana. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated A by VOTE-HEMP, indicating a pro-hemp voting record. (Dec 2003)
Bruce Vento on Drugs
Democrat/Farmer/Labor (District 4): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bruce Vento on other issues.
  • Voted NO on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
Patty Wetterling on Drugs
Former DFL challenger, 2004 Congressional nominee: Click here for Patty Wetterling on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Michael Cummins on Drugs
Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Michael Cummins on other issues.
  • Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it. (Jul 2008)
Amy Klobuchar on Drugs
DFL Sr Senator (MN): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Amy Klobuchar on other issues.
  • More resources to fight the meth epidemic. (Oct 2006)
  • Rated D by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance. (Nov 2016)
  • Criminalize imports of opioid precursors. (Feb 2017)
Jason Lewis on Drugs
Republican (District 2): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jason Lewis on other issues.
  • Opposes jail sentences for non-violent drug offenders. (Nov 2016)
Jim Newberger on Drugs
Republican candidate for Minnesota U.S. Senator: Click here for Jim Newberger on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Tina Smith on Drugs
Democratic candidate for Minnesota U.S. Senator: Click here for Tina Smith on other issues.
    No stance on record.

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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