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Rick Perry ranks higher for marijuana than most presidential candidates

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)

Former Texas governor Rick Perry has received a stronger grade for his stance on marijuana law reform than most of the other presidential candidates, including Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

The Marijuana Policy Project released its rankings of the various presidential candidates, giving Perry a “B” compared to Clinton’s “B minus.”

Perry has been known to call for both supporting states’ rights to legalize the plant, however he has also come out against legalization as well, going so far as to mock an opponent, Debra Medina, during the 2010 primary debates for her support of legalization.

Clinton has shown timid support, saying there needs to be more research, but has not otherwise staked out a position.

The only Republican candidate to receive a higher grade than Perry is Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who received an “A minus.”

Perry is outranked by only two Democrats, both former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia, and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee. He tied with Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, a self-avowed socialist.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz clocked in with a rating of “C plus.”

In all, 23 candidates were ranked.

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a 30 year old journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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