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Rand Paul fundraiser at the Cannabis Business Summit in Colorado

By Oscar Pascual |

Republican presidential hopeful Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) proved earlier this year that he is the first serious candidate to campaign for marijuana reform.

Now he lets his money speak.

Paul’s campaign has scheduled a fundraiser in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday in the midst of the annual Cannabis Business Summit, reports the Denver Post.

Paul is organizing the event in conjunction with the National Cannabis Industry Association, who stated in an email to their members: “Major Republican Presidential Contender at Cannabis Business Summit!

“Never before has a major party presidential candidate hosted a reception at a cannabis industry event, and NCIA is proud to host Senator Paul,” the message read.

Like buying good cannabis, participating in Paul’s fundraiser will cost you money. According to Yahoo News, the VIP reception will offer three tiers of donors: $2,700 will earn “participant” status, a $5,400 tag will earn the “sponsor” tag, and “hosts” will be expected to donate $10,400. All checks must be paid to the Rand Paul Victory Committee.

“It’s the first time we know a presidential candidate will be involved in the industry,” Taylor West, deputy director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, said in an interview with the Denver Post. “He’s kind of in a class of his own.”

The future president has a consistent track record of supporting marijuana law reform, most notably co-authoring the CARERS Act that would federally legalize medical marijuana. He also criticized fellow Republican candidate Jeb Bush earlier this year as being hypocritical about marijuana reform, citing Bush’s past cannabis use.

“His message about marijuana reform will be very appealing to young people and communities of color,” Bill Piper, director of national affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance, said in an April interview with the hill. “It will definitely push Hillary Clinton, or whoever is the Democratic nominee, in that direction because they will worry about losing their base.”

Photo credit: Flickr.com/GageSkidmore

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