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Rand Paul 1st major-party candidate to court pot donors

Rand Paul becomes 1st major-party candidate to court donors from growing marijuana industry

Rand Paul 1st major-party candidate to court pot donors

DENVER (AP) -- Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul is becoming the first major-party presidential candidate to publicly court donations from the marijuana industry.

The Kentucky senator is holding a fundraiser Tuesday at the Cannabis Business Summit in Colorado.

Though legal marijuana business owners have been active political donors for years, presidential candidates have avoided holding fundraisers made up entirely of them.

Paul has joined Democrats in the Senate to sponsor a bill to end the federal prohibition of marijuana for medical reasons. He also supports a federal drug-sentencing overhaul.

Marijuana advocates say political candidates at every level are more publicly courting marijuana entrepreneurs for political donations.

Updated : 2021-09-20 02:05 GMT+08:00