Marijuana legalization, drug decriminalization and sentencing reform has seen some surprisingly bipartisan support in recent years.

U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of Orange County was the force behind a directive to defund U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency enforcement against medical marijuana providers in states where it’s legal, and it worked recently when a judge told feds to back off of one California dispensary.

We don’t have to tell you that the libertarian ethos of Rand Paul is decidedly pro-pot.

But, in general, Republican presidential candidates just aren’t in step with the marijuana nation. To support that statement, all you have to do is look at the “Scorecard of 2016 Presidential Candidates” recently released by anti-cannabis group Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM).

Republicans Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, and Ben Carson were the organization’s favorite candidates – “for their opposition to legalization,” SAM said in a statement.

“Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul who – despite their commendable concern over the incarceration of those convicted solely for personal possession of marijuana – come in last for their apparent sympathy with creating a new corporate marijuana industry on par with Big Tobacco,” SAM stated.

That’s the group’s main argument against legalization – that it will create a marijuana-industrial complex in the mold of corporate tobacco.

“We’re interested in promoting a comprehensive approach to marijuana that neither stigmatizes users nor opens the doors to a new multi-billion-dollar addictive industry,” said Jeff Zinsmeister, Executive Vice President of SAM.

Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton was said to be “in the middle of the pack.”

We’re heartened by Secretary Clinton’s plan to tackle substance abuse,” said SAM President Kevin Sabet, “but marijuana is the elephant in the room that candidates can no longer ignore.”

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