During the final hour of tonight’s marathon Republican presidential debate, moderator Jake Tapper asked candidates about their positions on marijuana policy. That’s when Jeb Bush, who has been previously accused of being a hypocrite by fellow presidential hopeful Rand Paul for his hardline stance against medical marijuana, weighed in with the following admission: Forty years ago, he too smoked pot. Just like nearly every teenager in America. He then sheepishly apologized to his mother.
The confession, which drew a handful of chuckles from the crowd, was immediately followed by a tweet from his campaign that reemphasized the important part of his statement:
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) September 17, 2015
Despite his admission, the presidential hopeful went on to defend his opposition to legalizing medial marijuana.