Presidential Candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush use to smoke cannabis often, and even sold hash on at least one occasion, yet he still supports the continuing prohibition on cannabis which would have turned his life upside down if he was caught even once.
“I drank alcohol and I smoked marijuana when I was at Andover,” says Bush, “It was pretty common.”
According to a recent Boston Globe article, Bush even sold hash while at Andover on at least one occasion, something which would have potentially landed him in prison, and almost surely would have led to his expulsion from the school.
“One of those who did get to know Bush in these early days was Peter Tibbetts”, says the Boston Globe. “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.
They continue; “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. He said he once bought hashish from Bush but stressed, in a follow-up e-mail, “Please bear in mind that I was seeking the hash, it wasn’t as if he was a dealer; though he did suggest I take up cigarettes so that I could hold my hits better, after that 1st joint.”
Despite Bush’s experience with cannabis, he has continually opposed efforts to legalize it even for medical purposes, regardless of the fact that thousands of promising teens and young adults have their lives destroyed for taking the same actions that he found to be “common”.