Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, has been in the spotlight recently regarding his very strict views on marijuana legalization. As a presidential candidate, he makes it very clear that he would crack down on marijuana, and although the president cannot make states recriminalize marijuana, Christie says he would try and "return federal prosecutions in these states". While a few other presidential candidates share negative views of marijuana legalization, others are either ready to legalize, or willing to let state's decide for themselves.
A recent Pew Research Center survey found that three-fifths of Americans think the feds should not “enforce federal marijuana laws” in states that have legalized pot. Even more striking: A 2012 CBS News survey found that 65 percent of Republicans thought “laws regarding whether the use of marijuana is legal or not should be…left to each individual state government to decide,” even though only 27 percent supported Colorado-style legalization.