State's Two Marijuana Parties Could Become Bigger Contenders

November 07, 2018 05:45 PM

While they didn't elect anyone to office Tuesday, the two marijuana parties in the state, considered minor parties, are declaring major victories, and it could mean significant changes for the next election cycle.

Noah Johnson with the Grassroots Legalize Cannabis Party received nearly 6 percent of the vote in the statewide race for attorney general.


Legalize Marijuana Now Party candidate Michael Ford took more than 5 percent of the vote in the state auditor's race.

According to the secretary of state's office, if both candidates also get one vote in each of the state's 87 counties, they'll achieve major political party status in Minnesota.

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"Obviously getting major party status, we won't have to collect 30,00 signatures just to get on the ballot, which is quite a backbreaking task," said Chris Wright with the Grassroots Legalize Cannabis Party.

As a major party they would have the opportunity to participate in debates, and also be eligible for public financing.

A benefit of being a major party in Minnesota is becoming eligible for campaign subsidies.  However, that's not the only perk.  Below are some of the other advantages major political parties have over minor political parties.

Polling place challengers are people who can challenge or contest another voter’s eligibility.

"I think we'll get a few more contributions during our campaigns, I don't think it will be much more than what we have, but I don't think that will matter because the voters are willing to vote for marijuana," he adds.

The secretary of state's office will know if they've met the criteria when the state canvassing board meets at the end of the month.

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