Wave money in front of any politician, and you know they're going to take it.

Conservative republicans who like weed are kind of like the "cool dads" of politics; you're kind of scared of them from ages 3-16, but once you become an adult, you learn they're people too and the only way they can make it through the day it is to vaporize an ounce of kush into their lungs. Dads: they're just like us!

Senator Rand Paul (R. Kentucky) is one such cool dad figure. We're not saying he smokes copious amounts of pot before work everyday … but he definitely doesn't mind raising campaign money for his 2016 presidential run with the stuff. In fact, old Randy is actually the first presidential candidate ever to be using weed money as a campaign donation.

He'll be raising the money Tuesday at the Cannabis Business Summit in Denver in what an industry trade group is billing as a highly historical event, pun very intended. “Never before has a major-party presidential candidate held a reception at a cannabis industry event, and NCIA is proud to host Senator Paul,” the National Cannabis Industry Association said.

Taylor West, NCIA's deputy director, said the private “VIP reception” is designed to let insiders of Colorado's weed industry hear from Paul, who supports legalized medical marijuana and giving the pot industry access to banking.

The minimum donation to attend the fundraiser is $2,700, which is more than you make in like six months, so naturally only the richest Colorado stoners will be in attendance. It's clear from the high price point that Randy Randog has an interest in catering to Colorado's business owners and money-making industry professionals. With that kinda-bloodshot eagle eye focus on profit, there's no telling how his pro-pot policies would affect consumers but … let's not get ahead of ourselves. There are still 3,402,039 Republican presidential candidates right now, and Rand Paul isn't polling all that well. However, maybe this will give him a little ratings bump as people start buy into the cool dad vibe.

“It’s the first event that we know of that a presidential candidate will be involved in the industry,” she said. “He’s kind of in a class of his own.”

Well … we don't know about that: