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‘Sorry Mom.’ Bush apologizes over high school pot use

Republican presidential candidate and former Florida governor Jeb Bush spoke during the CNN Republican presidential debate.
Republican presidential candidate and former Florida governor Jeb Bush spoke during the CNN Republican presidential debate. Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press

Former Florida governor and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush referenced his past marijuana use during last night’s primary debate on CNN—and apologized to his mother on Twitter.

“So 40 years ago I smoked marijuana, and I admit it and I’m sure that other people might have done it and might not want to say it in front of 25 million people. My mom’s not happy that I just did,” Bush said during the forum.

The candidate’s Twitter account then tweeted, “Sorry Mom.”

Bush first discussed his high school marijuana use in a February interview with the Boston Globe’s Michael Kranish. The story focused on the former governor’s years at the prestigious Andover Academy.

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“I drank alcohol and I smoked marijuana when I was at Andover,” Bush said. “It was pretty common.”

He described his decision to use the drug as “stupid,” and “wrong” and opposes legalization of marijuana, Kranish reported in February. During last night’s debate, he referred to Colorado’s decision to legalize the drug as “a state decision.”

Bush’s tweet about his mother, former first lady Barbara Bush, was the most-retweeted tweet from a candidate of the night, according to Twitter.

Watch the clip during last night’s debate: