Former Classmates Say Jeb Bush Smoked Hash, Bullied Others

By May Wilkerson 02/02/15

Bush has been described as a former "toker" who dug Steppenwolf and smoked a "notable amount of pot."

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A new Boston Globe profile of Jeb Bush reveals that the Republican presidential frontrunner for 2016 had quite a penchant for pot during his teenage years.

The article claims young Bush had a “tumultuous” time in school, and his classmates say he smoked a “notable amount of pot.” One describes him as a “toker” and another recalls getting really stoned in his dorm room. “He put on Steppenwolf for me,” the classmate said.

“I drank alcohol and I smoked marijuana when I was at Andover,” Bush admits. “It was pretty common.”

In the political arena, Bush’s record shows a conservative approach to drug policy. While serving as Florida governor, he supported mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses and opposed treatment instead of incarceration for nonviolent drug users. At the time, his own daughter was sent to jail on drug charges for failing to meet the conditions of a court-ordered rehab plan while battling addictions to Xanax and crack cocaine.

Republican Senator Rand Paul has been quick to call the Senator out on his hypocrisy. “This is a guy who now admits he smoked marijuana but he wants to put people in jail who do,” Paul said. “You would think he’d have a little more understanding, then.”

Jeb Bush announced on Twitter in December that he would “actively explore the possibility of running for President.” And with Mitt Romney officially out of the game, Bush has been pegged as the likely frontrunner for the GOP nomination.

Marijuana legalization and drug policy are becoming increasingly hot button issues, as more states legalize pot for recreational or medical use, and it will likely play a role in campaigns for the 2016 election.

Other possible Republican Presidential nominees, like Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and Governor Rick Perry of Texas have expressed surprisingly more liberal views on pot. Perry has supported marijuana decriminalization, while both Rand Paul and Chris Christie have spoken out against the war on drugs and in favor of treatment over incarceration.

On the Democratic side, Presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s views continue to evolve. Though initially opposed to legalization, she said last year she had become more open to the idea and called for more evidence. “We need more studies," Clinton Said. "We need more evidence. And then we can proceed.”

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