Marijuana Policy Project Grades Republican Candidates

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In anticipation of the upcoming Republican presidential debate taking place at the University of Colorado Boulder, the Marijuana Policy Project has issued a voter guide that grades presidential candidates on marijuana policy with an A-F score.

Republican presidential candidates in this election cycle face a very tough balancing act when it comes to marijuana. On the one hand, the Republican candidates want to honor the conservative idea of small government and states’ rights, but on the other hand most conservative Republicans have a hard stance against illegal drugs.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul scored the highest out of Republicans with an A- rating, while former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was upgraded to a B- after saying that the federal government should not interfere with states legalizing marijuana and that he’s “willing to let states operate under the 10th Amendment.”

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie received an F after saying that he would crack down on marijuana states.

“If you’re getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it,” Christie said on the campaign trail. “As of January 2017, I will enforce the federal laws.”

The third Republican debate will air tonight, Oct. 28, 2015, on CNBC at 8PM ET. CNBC’s John Harwood, Chief Washington Correspondent, Becky Quick, co-anchor of “Squawk Box” and Carl Quintanilla, co-anchor of “Squawk on the Street” and “Squawk Alley,” will moderate the event.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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