Cindy Brady Reveals Drug Dealing Past

By McCarton Ackerman 06/16/15

Susan Olsen once grew marijuana with her ex-husband, but didn't like to smoke it.

Susan Olsen

The Brady Bunch family may not be as squeaky clean as the family-friendly show indicated. Susan Olsen, best known as Cindy Brady, admitted in a shocking interview that she once grew and sold marijuana with her former husband.

Speaking with, the actress admitted that she and her ex-husband grew marijuana hydroponically. Olsen explained that she has “always been into gardening and it’s such a complicated, wonderfully fascinating plant.” However, she also revealed that she “never really enjoyed smoking it. It makes me very paranoid.”

Their one-time marijuana business was also one of the reasons that their marriage didn’t last.

“That was one of the reasons why I did leave my husband,” she said. “It just bothered me too much that we were doing something so illegal.”

Like the other Brady actors, Olsen has been the subject of embarrassing admissions regarding drugs and alcohol. In June 2008, a Colorado Springs radio station was accused of blowing Olsen’s alleged heavy drinking out of proportion. She admitted to being hungover and ready to throw up during the interview with Jet 107.9, which was done to plug her show at Loonee’s Comedy Corner, and even asked, “Anybody got a hat?”

Jet then posted the video on their website with the tagline, “Little Cindy Brady Like You’ve Never Heard Before!” The manager for Loonee’s said Olsen simply was struggling with the high altitude and said the radio station was milking the incident for publicity.

“It’s all being blown out of proportion, like she was shooting heroin in the studio or something,” said Lee. “I’ve never heard of this radio station and I’ve lived in Colorado Springs my whole life. This is this station’s 15 minutes of fame and they’re taking advantage of it.”

Olsen has maintained a close relationship with her former Brady Bunch co-star, Maureen McCormick. McCormick has had well-documented battles with drug and alcohol addiction, but has maintained her sobriety for decades.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.