Minnesota Gains Two New Qualified Parties

Ballot Access News:

Minnesota gives qualified status to any group that runs a statewide candidate and gets at least 5%. In the November 2018 election, the Grassroots-Legalize Marijuana Party got 5.73% for Attorney General. And the Legal Marijuana Now Party got 5.29% for Auditor. Therefore, they are both qualified for the next two elections. Thanks to Paul Frankel for this news.

Minnesota law permits parties to change their names, so presumably if the two parties wish to merge, the law on party name changes would allow them to join together into a single party.

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  1. Oliver Steinberg

    The two parties are the Legal Marijuana Now Party, a splinter from the Grassroots Party, and the Grassroots – Legalize Cannabis Party, the continuation of the original Grassroots Party. The Grassroots Party, founded in 1986 at the suggestion of Oliver Steinberg, achieved minor party status (1% statewide) in 1986 and in both 1990 and 1994 polled 4.9%, just missing the 5% major party threshold. After hiatus following the 2000 election, the Grassroots party was revived with petition nominees in 2010 and 2012, again meriting minor party recognition. Legal Marijuana Now was the caption used by a petition nominee for Congress in 1998; the same individual filed under LMN as a state Attorney General candidate in 2014 and racked up 2.5% without any campaign organization or expenditure. That year, the Grassroots candidates added “Legalize Cannabis” onto their party label, and won 2.8% in the State Auditor contest. Law restricts ballot labels to no more than 3 words. [The Democratic Party is officially the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.] Both minor and major parties qualify for public campaign financing. Minor parties must nominate by petition; major parties must convene caucuses and hold primaries and their candidates may file by paying fixed fees, without any petition. Minnesota is a non-intitiative state; consequently, cannabis legalization activists chose the third-party approach to inject their issue into the electoral arena.

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