Jeb Bush Smoked Weed Regularly in High School–and Now Opposes Legalization


Like his father and older brother, Jeb Bush wants to become President of the United States of America. Seeking the 2016 GOP nomination, Bush has begun hitting the campaign trail in an effort to land the bid.

And like any presidential nomination, some skeletons in Jeb Bush’s closet have begun to emerge. A detailed feature in the Boston Globe delves into Bush’s “troubled” youth, revealing that Bush smokes marijuana regularly and perhaps even sold some while studying at Phillips Academy in Andover in the late 60s and early 70s.

The piece portrays Bush as somewhat of a troublemaker, but the article actually humanizes Bush and makes him seem like a relatively normal high school kid:

The students divided into cliques of “jocks, freaks, and zeros,” as one classmate put it, and many classmates say Bush, with his taste for marijuana and his skill at tennis, straddled the line between jock and freak, never comfortably in either group.

One of those who did get to know Bush in these early days was Peter Tibbetts. The connection, he said, was pot. The first time Tibbetts smoked marijuana, he said, was with Bush and a few other classmates in the woods near Pemberton Cottage. Then, a few weeks later, Tibbetts said he smoked hashish — a cannabis product typically stronger than pot — in Jeb’s dormitory room.

“The first time I really got stoned was in Jeb’s room,” Tibbetts said. “He had a portable stereo with removable speakers. He put on Steppenwolf for me.” As the rock group’s signature song, “Magic Carpet Ride,’’ blared from the speakers, Tibbetts said he smoked hash with Bush.

Bush, for his part, has come clean and admitted his youthful “folly”:

“I drank alcohol and I smoked marijuana when I was at Andover,” Bush said, both of which could have led to expulsion. “It was pretty common.” [Boston Globe]

While uncool that Bush bullied his classmates and was somewhat of a jerk in high school, it’s not exactly uncommon for teenagers to act before thinking about their future life in, say, politics. As for Bush’s marijuana, it should and would be a normal blip on his presidential candidacy’s radar–if he wasn’t an outspoken opponent of marijuana legalization.

The former governor of Florida has continually decried cannabis and maintained he opposes medical and recreational marijuana. Clearly, that represents a hypocritical stance that deserves the cannabis community’s ire.

As Bush’s presidential GOP opponent Rand Paul points out, “he’s against even allowing medical marijuana for people that are confined to wheelchairs from multiple sclerosis.” For a guy that once looked like this and smoked the stuff throughout his formative years, that’s a bogus stance.

Bush at his Andover graduation in June, 1971


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Barry has been writing about marijuana for over five years. Prior to joining, Barry wrote about sports and music. His work has appeared on TIME, The Huffington Post, Deadspin, and elsewhere on the Internet. In his spare time, he enjoys disco and Kosher Kush.

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