The Republican presidential debate is taking place tonight in the heartland of the country's legal cannabis industry - Boulder, Colorado. That's a great table-setter for a robust conversation on legalization. Let's hope they deliver. As an appetizer, here's a sampling of quotes from Republican candidates that reflect their views on the issue.
Jeb Bush: "I thought [legalizing cannabis] was a bad idea, but the states ought to have the right to do it. I would have voted no if I was in Colorado," Feb. 27, 2015.
Ben Carson: "I have no problem with medical marijuana. But that is very different from legalizing it for recreational use. I would not do that under any circumstances," Sept. 22, 2015.
Chris Christie: "If you're getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it. As of January 2017, I will enforce the federal laws," July 28, 2015.
Ted Cruz: "When it comes to a question of legalizing marijuana, I don't support legalizing marijuana. If it were on the ballot in the state of Texas, I would vote no. But I also believe that's a legitimate question for the states to make a determination," Apr. 16, 2015.
Mike Huckabee: "This idea of recreational marijuana, let's let Colorado have at it for a few years and let's see how that works out for them. I've been to Amsterdam a few times; I don't want us to look like Amsterdam. And a lot of people in Colorado aren't liking the way that's headed either," Oct. 17, 2015.
John Kasich: "I'm totally opposed to [legalizing cannabis], because it is a scourge in this country," Kasich said. "In my state and across this country, if I happened to be president, I would lead a significant campaign down at the grassroots level to stomp these drugs out of our country," Apr. 21, 2015.
Rand Paul: "One of the problems is the federal government has come into states that have allowed medical marijuana and still harass them so I think the federal government ought to stay out." July 1, 2015.
Marco Rubio: "I think we need to enforce our federal laws. I don't believe we should be in the business of legalizing additional intoxicants in this country for the primary reason that when you legalize something, what you're sending a message to young people is it can't be that bad, because if it was that bad, it wouldn't be legal," Apr. 14, 2015.
Donald Trump: "I think [legalization's] bad, and I feel strongly about that. They've got a lot of problems going on right now in Colorado, some big problems," Feb. 27, 2015.
For an even more condensed roundup of Republican views on cannabis, check out this 75-second piece from CNBC: