Former Florida Governor and hopeful Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush smoked pot in high school, but thinks people who do the same belong in jail — besides himself, his family, and his friends, of course.
“I drank alcohol and I smoked marijuana when I was at Andover,” Bush told the Boston Globe. “It was pretty common.”
One of Bush’s old classmates, Peter Tibbetts, described his first time smoking pot to the Globe: “The first time I got really stoned was in Jeb’s room. He had a portable stereo with removable speakers. He put on Steppenwolf for me.”
While smoking weed may have helped high-school Bush relate to the lyrics of “Born to Be Wild” on a whole other level, politician Bush spent the majority of his time as governor championing jail time instead of treatment for non-violent drug offenders — except for his daughter Noelle, of course, who struggled with crack cocaine addiction and was sent to rehab while others with the same problem were sent to prison. In fact, the very year Noelle was caught with crack cocaine at a drug rehab center and simply transferred to another clinic, Bush actively opposed an initiative that would have sent about 10,000 nonviolent drug offenders to treatment instead of jail. But of course, none of them were related to him.
This past year, Bush publicly opposed the amendment to legalize medical marijuana in Florida.
“Florida leaders and citizens have worked for years to make the Sunshine State a world-class location to start or run a business, a family-friendly destination for tourism, and a desirable place to raise a family or retire,” Bush said. “Allowing large-scale marijuana operations to take root across Florida under the guise of using it for medicinal purposes runs counter to all these efforts.”
Ah yes, the terminally ill seeking scientifically proven medicine to ease their pain — the greatest guise of all! I wonder if an exception could be made for those seeking treatment who went to Andover.