Heather Mizeur

Democrat Heather Mizeur got a big boost Friday when Emily’s List announced they are supporting her bid for governor of Maryland. Emily’s List is one of the largest and best financed political organizations dedicated to getting more progressive women elected to office.

Mizeur is currently in a tough three-way primary against Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and AG Doug Gansler. This big endorsement should help her raise money and gain traction.

Mizeur made big news last month for endorsing marijuana legalization and putting forward a plan to tax and regulate it like alcohol.

This endorsement is positive development for the marijuana reform movement because it not only increases the likelihood that Maryland may elected a pro-legalization governor, but it shows mainstream political organizations like Emily’s List are willing to support pro-legalization candidates. The idea is no longer politically taboo, but a popular policy position that voters will respond to.

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