Jeb Bush has some explaining to do.
The former Florida governor and potential presidential candidate told The Boston Globe in January that he smoked weed while studying at one of the nation’s snootiest prep schools.
This matters because Bush has long insisted pot smokers belong in jail. While acting as governor, he pushed legal changes to incarcerate more small-time nonviolent drug offenders for longer terms.
Bush’s addict daughter received a legal break
However, there was one glaring exception: The rules didn’t apply when his own daughter developed an addiction to crack. She got a legal break that other defendants haven’t received.
The man, in other words, is a ridiculous hypocrite on marijuana and drug policy. And it’s apparent that he always has been.
“The first time I really got stoned was in Jeb’s room,” said Peter Tibbetts, a classmate at the Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. “He had a portable stereo with removable speakers. He put on Steppenwolf for me.”
What’s more, Tibbetts got booted from the school over drugs while Bush got to stay. Like his brother, there is no one Bush won’t step on to get to the top.
Committed opponent to Florida MMJ
When medical marijuana appeared on the Florida ballot in November, Bush was a staunch opponent, even while acknowledging that voters have a right to make their own choices.
“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,” he said at the time. “Allowing large-scale marijuana operations to take root across Florida, under the guise of using it for medicinal purposes, runs counter to all of these efforts.”
Bush is considered a possible Republican presidential candidate, but don’t bet on it. If the last presidential election was any guide, it’s clear that Republican voters want a right-wing candidate. Bush is not that.
If he runs, he will face big questions about his stance on weed. Cannabis is likely to be a major political issue in 2016 and a big draw for young liberal voters who support legalization.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a fellow Republican and a possible opponent in the fight for the nomination, called Bush out as a hypocrite.
“You would think he’d have a little more understanding then,” Paul said. “He was even opposed to medical marijuana. This is a guy who now admits he smoked marijuana but he wants to put people in jail who do.”