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Happy 4/20! NORML Unveils Our 2016 Congressional Scorecard

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Originally published at blog.NORML.org

NORML would like to wish you a Happy 4/20! In honor of the annual holiday we are pleased to release our 2016 Congressional Scorecard.

With 61 percent of  American adults now advocating that “the use of marijuana should be made legal,” and 67 percent of voters believing states, not the federal government, ought to be the ultimate arbiters of marijuana regulatory policy, it’s no longer acceptable for the federal government to continue to be an impediment to progress.

Do you know where your federally elected officials stand?

Our Congressional Scorecard  is an all-encompassing database that assigns a letter grade ‘A’ through ‘F’ to members of Congress based on their marijuana-related comments and voting records.

Below are some key findings from the Scorecard:

Among the 535 members of the 114th Congress:

  • 312 members (58 percent) received a passing grade of ‘C’ or higher (258 Representatives and 54 Senators)
  • Nineteen members (3.6 percent) received a grade of ‘A’ (17 Representatives and 2 Senators) and 37 members (6.9 percent) received failing grade (20 Representatives and 17 Senators)
  • Of the 233 Democrats in Congress, 208 members (89.3 percent) received a passing grade of a ‘C’ or higher.
  • Of the 302 Republicans in Congress, 102 members (33.8 percent) received a passing grade of a ‘C’ or higher.

You can access the complete 2016 Congressional Scorecard here.

You can read our Executive Summary here.

Projects like this are only possible because of the donations from NORML members. If you find our Congressional Scorecard useful and wish to support NORML’s efforts, please make a donation of at least $4.20 on this 4/20.

Thank you for your continued support and Happy 4/20,
-The NORML Team

P.S. Don’t forget to attend NORML’s 2016 Congressional Lobby Day, May 23-24 in Washington, DC.



Source: http://blog.norml.org/2016/04/20/happy-420-norml-unveils-our-2016-congressional-scorecard/
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