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The Pothead Voters’ Guide to the Presidential Candidates

A look at who’s inhaled, and who’d support legal marijuana if elected in 2016

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GOP candidates discussed Colorado's marijuana law at Wednesday's CNN debate.

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At the CNN Republican debate Wednesday night, Rand Paul led a hearty conversation about the 10th Amendment and candidates' hypocrisy as smokers-turned-prohibitionists. His comments were the latest to highlight the question many pundits and voters have been asking: How would the presidential candidates respond to marijuana legalization in states like Washington and Colorado? And which ones have themselves admitted to smoking? 

Here's a handy guide.

Carly Fiorina

SIMI VALLEY, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina take part in the presidential debates at the Reagan Library on September 16, 2015 in Simi Valley, California. Fifteen Republican presidential candidates are participating in the second set of Republican presidential debates. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Carly Fiorina

"I remember when I had cancer and my doctor said, 'Do you have any interest in medicinal marijuana?' I did not." –CPAC, 2015

At the second GOP debate, Fiorina denounced marijuana, characterizing it as a gateway drug that can lead to death, but also defended the 10th Amendment before changing the subject to gun control.

"I agree with Sen. Paul. I agree with states' rights. But we are misleading young people when we tell them that marijuana is just like having a beer. It's not. And the marijuana that kids are smoking today is not the same as the marijuana that Jeb Bush smoked 40 years ago," she said, adding, "Sorry, Barbara," before discussing the "epidemic" of drug addiction and revealing she lost a child to addiction.

"I respect Colorado's right to do what they did. They are within their rights to legalize marijuana, and they are conducting an experiment that I hope the rest of the nation is looking closely at," she told the Des Moines Register in May. "I believe in states' rights. I would not, as president of the United States, enforce federal law in Colorado, where Colorado voters have said they want to legalize marijuana."

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