Kansas: Teenager Runs for Governor On Pro-Pot Platform


Promising legalization, a 16-year-old runs for Governor of Kansas.

Too young to legally vote, buy alcohol or purchase cigarettes, a 16-year-old Wichita high school student thinks marijuana should be legalized in Kansas.

In the Sunflower State, Jack Bergeson is not too young to ask for your consideration during the 2018 gubernatorial race.

Bryan Caskey, the director of elections at the Kansas Secretary of State’s office explained the intriguing scenario to the Associated Press, “Under Kansas law, there is no law governing the qualifications for governor, not one.”

With no legitimate age restriction in place, Bergeson thought to himself, “Oh, I could do that.”

Since having that epiphany, Bergeson has officially ventured into the seedy world of politics and formally filed his paperwork to run as a Democrat in 2018 – trying to become the next governor of Kansas.

Announced last week, Bergerson’s political ambition captured the nation’s attention, including that of “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” From the bedroom in his parent’s house, the would-be underage Gov. of Kansas told Kimmel one of the primary goals of his youthful campaign was to “spark” political interest among his classmates.

Jack Bergeson’s political platform:

  • Increase minimum wage – $12 to $15 per hour
  • Overhaul Health Care system in Kansas
  • Marijuana legalization
  • Supports Open Carry Gun Law
  • No increased taxes on families making less than $60K per year
  • 7.5% increase in teacher pay
  • Expand Amtrak service
  • Grassroots campaign financing only (no donations greater than $500)

Headed back to high school, for now, Bergeson tapped classmate, 17-year-old Alexander Cline, to run as his lieutenant governor in 2018.

The 2018 Kansas gubernatorial election will provide a crowded and competitive field of candidates. Bergeson and his youthful ideas will be competing against some extremely skilled politicians including former state Secretary of Agriculture Josh Svaty, former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer and Arden Andersen, an Olathe doctor.

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Born in Long Beach, raised on the central coast: I surf, dab, burn, and blog – though not necessarily in that order. I'm a husband, a father and a lifelong consumer of connoisseur grade weed. I don't drink alcohol or consume any other "drugs." I consider myself to be living proof that weed is not a gateway drug. If it were, I'd be in some serious trouble. Instead, as a 50-year-old ex-realtor that has been smoking weed for nearly 80% of my life (just did the math) ... I can only say, marijuana is safer than prescription pills or alcohol could ever hope to be for calming what stirs the savage beast.


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