Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) smoked marijuana as a teenager, but regretted the “experiment.”
“Teenagers are often known for their lack of judgment, and Sen. Cruz was no exception,” a Cruz spokesperson told the Daily Mail. “When he was a teenager, he foolishly experimented with marijuana. It was a mistake, and he’s never tried it since.”
Cruz has said he is open to debate about reforming the nation’s drug laws. However, the senator has criticized President Barack Obama for allowing marijuana legalization to move forward in Colorado and Washington state.
Cruz suggested the federal government should continue to arrest marijuana users Colorado and Washington state for violating federal law.
“You could discuss commonsense changes that maybe should happen or shouldn’t happen,” he said during his keynote speech at Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Policy Orientation in 2014. “This president didn’t do that. He just said, ‘The laws say one thing’ — and mind you these are criminal laws, these are laws that say if you do ‘X, Y, and Z’ you will go to prison. The president announced, ‘No, you won’t.’”