Marijuana and the GOP Debate: ‘Sorry Mom, I Smoked Marijuana, and I Admit It’

Good. That’s at least an honest starting point for the discussion.

GOP Presidential candidate Jeb Bush confessed last night during the nationally televised debate that he’d smoked marijuana when he was in high school.

It all happened when moderator Jake Tapper asked a question that was high on many viewers’ list of concerns: “Many people on social media wanted us to ask about marijuana legalization. Senator Paul, Governor Christie recently said, quote, ‘if you’re getting high in Colorado today,’ where marijuana was legalized in 2012, ‘enjoy it until January 2017, because I will enforce the federal laws against marijuana.’ Will you?”

That’s when Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, insinuated that “somebody on stage” had smoked weed as a young man. Feeling outed, Bush confessed:

“Forty years ago, I smoked marijuana, and I admit it.”

Explaining to the viewing audience the obvious: “I’m sure that others (Read: presidential candidates) might have done it, and may not want to say it in front of 25 million people,” Bush solemnly explained. “My mom’s not happy that I just did.”

Not amused, Paul pointed out to the national audience that Jeb had campaigned against medical marijuana in the Sunshine State, reciting the heart-wrenching story of a Florida child being unable to medicate her illness with cannabis oil.

“And if they attempt to do that in Florida, they will take the child away, they will put the parents in jail, and that’s what that means: If you’re against allowing people to use medical marijuana you’ll actually put them in jail,” complained Paul.

“Under the current circumstances, kids who have privilege, like you do, don’t go to jail, but the poor kids in our inner cities go to jail,” Paul chided Bush.

Sen. Paul then attacked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who panders to the hard right, claiming that Gov. Christie would ignore the 10th amendment and enforce the federal law on states like Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska, which have all legalized recreational marijuana.

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