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Race to Watch: New Jersey

Voters all over the United States will make their voices heard at the ballot box on November 6. The battle for the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate come down to just a few competitive races, so it’s more important than ever for cannabis professionals to be informed about the views of key candidates running for office. NCIA has compiled information about candidates running in 25 competitive races for the House of Representatives and three for the Senate that we consider uniquely important to the cannabis industry due to their views on marijuana policy and/or their geographic location.

House Races

District

3

In the last election, Republican Tom MacArthur won this district handily, but it’s a district Obama won twice. Now Democrat Andy Kim, a veteran of Barack Obama’s State Department, is running to unseat him. MacArthur has voted against protecting CBD, medical and adult-use cannabis programs, veterans access, hemp, and banks that choose to service the cannabis industry. In a debate at the end of October, Kim also said that he does not support legalizing adult-use cannabis.

Incumbent

Republican

Tom MacArthur

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Candidate

Democrat

Andrew Kim

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Public support for marijuana law reform is at an all time high with 63% of voters supporting legalizing marijuana for adults and over 90% supporting legal access to cannabis for medical use. If elected to the 116th Congress, what federal legislation would you support relating to cannabis?

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Does this candidate have a voting record on cannabis issues from a previously-held office? If so, please describe:

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Is there any other information we should know about the candidate and their views on cannabis policy? If so, please describe:

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Public support for marijuana law reform is at an all time high with 63% of voters supporting legalizing marijuana for adults and over 90% supporting legal access to cannabis for medical use. If elected to the 116th Congress, what federal legislation would you support relating to cannabis?

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Does this candidate have a voting record on cannabis issues from a previously-held office? If so, please describe:

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Is there any other information we should know about the candidate and their views on cannabis policy? If so, please describe:

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District

7

According to SwingLeft.org, in the last election, Republican Leonard Lance won this district by only 37,662 votes (11%). But Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump in NJ-07 by 1.1%. Now Democrat Tom Malinowski, a State Department veteran and human rights expert is running to unseat him. Rep. Lance has supported amendments in the past that would have protected CBD programs and banks that choose to service the cannabis industry, however, he voted against protections for medical and adult-use cannabis programs, hemp, and veterans access. In 2018, Malinowski held a Reddit AMA, where he wrote, "On marijuana -- I support decriminalization. I want law enforcement in my community focused on violent and property crime, not going after people for recreational use of marijuana. And I believe our drug policies should focus on the epidemic of addiction in our society, including the opiate crisis. One argument for liberalizing our marijuana laws is that in states where that has happened, doctors are prescribing fewer opiates."

Incumbent

Republican

Leonard Lance

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Candidate

Democrat

Tom Malinowski

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Public support for marijuana law reform is at an all time high with 63% of voters supporting legalizing marijuana for adults and over 90% supporting legal access to cannabis for medical use. If elected to the 116th Congress, what federal legislation would you support relating to cannabis?

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Does this candidate have a voting record on cannabis issues from a previously-held office? If so, please describe:

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Is there any other information we should know about the candidate and their views on cannabis policy? If so, please describe:

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Public support for marijuana law reform is at an all time high with 63% of voters supporting legalizing marijuana for adults and over 90% supporting legal access to cannabis for medical use. If elected to the 116th Congress, what federal legislation would you support relating to cannabis?

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Does this candidate have a voting record on cannabis issues from a previously-held office? If so, please describe:

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Is there any other information we should know about the candidate and their views on cannabis policy? If so, please describe:

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District

11

According to SwingLeft.org, in this open seat race, Democrat Mikie Sherrill, a former Navy pilot and federal prosecutor, is taking on Republican state legislator Jay Webber. Sherrill stated in a recent interview, “As someone running for federal office who also worked as a U.S. attorney, I would like to see [marijuana] taken off the Schedule 1 controlled substances list. Because quite frankly, that means there’s no known medical use and it can’t be studied. And we all know that that’s simply not the case. So that’s the first thing that I would like to see happen.” While in the state legislature, Webber has voted against authorizing medical cannabis treatment for PTSD, against expanding the state's medical cannabis program, against authorizing medical cannabis for minors, and against reducing penalties for marijuana.

Incumbent

Republican

Jay Webber

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Candidate

Democrat

Mikie Sherrill

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Public support for marijuana law reform is at an all time high with 63% of voters supporting legalizing marijuana for adults and over 90% supporting legal access to cannabis for medical use. If elected to the 116th Congress, what federal legislation would you support relating to cannabis?

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Does this candidate have a voting record on cannabis issues from a previously-held office? If so, please describe:

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Is there any other information we should know about the candidate and their views on cannabis policy? If so, please describe:

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Grade:

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Public support for marijuana law reform is at an all time high with 63% of voters supporting legalizing marijuana for adults and over 90% supporting legal access to cannabis for medical use. If elected to the 116th Congress, what federal legislation would you support relating to cannabis?

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Does this candidate have a voting record on cannabis issues from a previously-held office? If so, please describe:

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Is there any other information we should know about the candidate and their views on cannabis policy? If so, please describe:

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