"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."