"Forty years ago I smoked marijuana, and I admit it. I'm sure that other people might have done it and may not want to say it in front of 25 million people. My mom's not happy that I just did." –CNN Republican debate, September 2015
On the same evening Bush opined his mother's disappointment in his long-ago marijuana use, he said he believes marijuana legalization should be left up to the states. "What goes on in Colorado, as far as I'm concerned, that should be a state decision," Bush said.
The former Florida governor, whom Rand Paul called out for not supporting a medical marijuana ballot initiative in his home state, had previously supported the states' rights argument for marijuana legalization. At the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference, he said marijuana legalization is "a bad idea, but states ought to have [the] right to do it."