NORML PAC Endorses Mike Smigiel For U.S. Congress


mike smigiel congress marijuanaBy Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director

The NORML PAC has endorsed Mike Smigiel for U.S. House of Representatives in Maryland’s 1st Congressional District.

Smigiel, a former delegate in Maryland’s House of Delegates serving from 2003-2015, is challenging incumbent and anti-marijuana Congressman Andy Harris in the Republican primary. Congressman Harris became infamous for stepping between Washington D.C. and marijuana legalization when he attached a rider to an annual spending bill barring the district from implementing a recreational market following the District’s approval of Initiative 71.

Smigiel on the other hand is a strong marijuana advocate, having sponsored a bill in Maryland that passed in 2014 to decriminalize marijuana and also co-sponsoring a bill to legalize marijuana. He supports eliminating all criminal penalties for the responsible use of marijuana by adults and additionally, supports state’s rights to move forward with full legalization.

“Mike is an ardent supporter of marijuana law reform and has worked across party lines to implement real policy change in Maryland. NORML is proud to support his bid for Congress and we are looking forward to having another ally on Capitol Hill.” says NORML Political Director Danielle Keane.

Recent polling shows that 58% of the voters in the 1st District would not vote for Andy Harris if they knew he was opposed to the decriminalization of Marijuana. If Mike Smigiel can get that message out he can unseat Andy Harris. You can find out more about Mike and his campaign by visiting his website or Facebook and if you wish to join NORML in supporting his campaign click here.

For more information on the NORML PAC click here.

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  • 1Bugler1

    Hopefully he’s legit. If he proves to be, then we need more like him!

    • saynotohypocrisy

      Smigiel is a Tea Party Libertarian. NORML didn’t endorse him for no reason. Doc Harris represents the nanny state flaming hypocrite wing of the Tea Party.

  • Fungi Sclerotia 1427

    Don’t live in Mike Smigiel’s district,
    however, since he’s running against bought-and-paid-for
    prohibitionist Andy Harris, I wish Mike success in the elections!

  • GratefulMed

    I don’t like to do this however, harris himself and his family a hex upon them that only the miracle that cannabis will heal. Then maybe harris will have his eyes opened. Sorry the the innocent harris spawn may have to suffer it shoud be harris only . Let them be denied relief. Give them pain. Deny releif. If harris has any humanity only then he will see the light. Sorry for the hex.

    • saynotohypocrisy

      Wouldn’t it be better to put the hex just on the rascally one himself?