Among the candidates on this fall’s ballot, in several of the biggest races, are a slate of candidates focused primarily on a single issue: legalizing marijuana.
Seven candidates with the Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party secured the required number of voters’ signatures to get on the ballot in the races for governor, state attorney general, state auditor, U.S. Senate, and the Fourth Congressional District seat. (Minor party candidates for statewide office and the U.S. Senate need 2,000 signatures for ballot access; for U.S. House races, it’s 1,000.)
On the list are some veteran candidates, including Chris Wright of Minneapolis, making his fourth run for governor. Wright, who works for a tech support company and previously ran a computer repair shop, helped found the Grassroots Party and Minnesota NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) in the mid-1980s.