2016 NORML Congressional Scorecard

Towards the end of September, NORML released a congressional scorecard. This scorecard assigns a letter grade A through F to members of congress based on their stance in regards to cannabis, and medical marijuana. They use things like voting records, and marijuana related comments to assign the grade. Does your congress critter make the grade? You can find out here on NORML.org. Scroll down to the bottom and choose your state.

Let's take a look at one of the representatives, Ryan Zinke, a republican in . Doesn't look like he scored that well. We should also mention that Ryan Zinke appointed Steve Zabawa, the gentleman in Billings Montana who is the money and resources behind the ironically named Safe Montana, to his healthcare advisory committee. In this authors humble opinion, coming from and having roots in Montana, I would give Mr. Zinke a D- just for that.

The point is, make sure you are informed before you go vote. The technology is available to make that process a lot less painful. These people need to see that we aren't going to sit back and continue to let them ruin society with their absurd drug policy.

Let's take a look at the key findings. You can find these on the Executive Summary section on the NORML Congressional Scorecard page.

  • 330 members (62%) received a passing grade of ‘C’ or higher (270 Representatives and 60 Senators)
  • Of these, 22 members (4%) received a grade of ‘A’ (20 Representatives and 2 Senators)
  • 254 members (47%) received a ‘B’ grade (218 Representatives and 36 Senators)
  • 54 members (10%) received a ‘C’ grade (32 Representatives and 22 Senators)
  • 172 members (32%) received a ‘D’ grade (149 Representatives and 23 Senators)
  • 32 members (6%) received a failing grade (16 Representatives and 16 Senators)
  • 60 Senators (60%) received a passing grade of a C or higher (Two A’s, 36 B’s, and 22 C’s)
  • 270 Representatives (62%) received a passing grade of a C or higher (20 A’s, 218 B’s, and 32 C’s)
  • Of the 233 Democrats in Congress, 215 (92%) received a passing grade of a ‘C’ or higher
  • Of the 302 Republicans in Congress, 113 members (37%) received a passing grade of ‘C’ or higher

Thank you so much to NORML and the team who put this together.