Rand Paul slams Bush ‘hypocrisy’ on pot

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) accused Jeb Bush of hypocrisy after The Boston Globe reported the former Florida governor was a heavy marijuana smoker while at an elite prep school. […]

“You would think he’d have a little more understanding then,” Paul told The Hill while en route to a political event in Texas.
“He was even opposed to medical marijuana,” Paul said of Bush, a potential rival in the 2016 Republican presidential primary. “This is a guy who now admits he smoked marijuana but he wants to put people in jail who do.

“I think that’s the real hypocrisy, is that people on our side, which include a lot of people who made mistakes growing up, admit their mistakes but now still want to put people in jail for that,” he said.

Yes, exactly.

Nice to see politicians calling out other politicians on this.

One bizarre moment in this article written by Alexander Bolton, though, was this passage:

The Globe cited a former classmate, Peter Tibbetts, who said he first smoked marijuana with Bush and also consumed cannabis, a concentration of the plant’s resin, in Bush’s dorm room.

Perhaps Bolton should Google “cannabis” and learn what it is before trying to define it to his readers.

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26 Responses to Hypocrisy

  1. thelbert says:

    jeb is only living the aristocratic lifestyle, not practicing hypocrisy. the rich and powerful don’t observe the same laws as the proletariat. never have, never will. that’s what is taught in elite prep schools.

    • primus says:

      Actually, what is taught in prep schools is everything the kid should have learned in high school but was too busy partying. Now that they want to enter university, they must prove up. Friend of mine, (Canadian) went to university in the US. She went straight out of high school, challenged the SAT’s (which we Canadians do not use) and aced them. Without prep, without coaching. She said it was no big deal. What amazes me is that you USans will accept such poor results from public high schools that prep schools are required. We don’t have them here in Canada, but then we have good public schools.

      • Duncan20903 says:


        primus, prep schools are high schools in the US. There are SAT prep courses but those aren’t referred to as prep schools. 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grades. Some of the truly hoity toity schools call them forms instead of grades and have headmasters instead of principals..

      • Windy says:

        I attended a college prep school across my State from my hometown, when I was a junior in HS. The prep school was co-ed and had grades 6-12, though the senior class was not at the school, they were on a ship doing that international school thing. The senior class had only 8 students (4male and 4 female), the junior class had 8 males and 4 females, the lower classes had more kids in them. I had attended public schools up to that point (this was back in 1960) and I had to work as hard to get a C in that prep school as I did to get an A in public school. I returned to public school for my senior year so I could graduate with the kids I’d gone to school with since 1st grade.

  2. thelbert says:

    in the usa prep school is where rich kids go to avoid rubbing shoulders with the unwashed. the problem isn’t that brats like jeb and george were smoking dope, it’s inability of the elite to refrain from nittpicking the lives of the peons.

  3. This is the type of discourse that is needed in Washington. Might be a bit of a jog in the senses for them. Injecting a bit of truth every now and then never hurts.

    I watched the scarlet pimpernel do it many times with great success.

  4. Kronik the Hemphog says:

    Could we have someone not named Bush or Clinton for corporate figurehead puppet err I mean president for at least 4-8 years?

    My Favorite Strains (in no order):
    THC Snow
    Dairy Queen
    Cheese Quake
    Grandaddy Purple
    SEAL TEAM (303)
    Strawberry Diesel
    Banana Kush
    Cherry Trainwreck

    • Duncan20903 says:


      If the people of the United States are stupid enough to elect Jeb Bush after what his brother did to our economy I’m not even going to debate, I am going to emigrate.

  5. Merlin's Magic Mountain says:

    Cannabis=Nectar of the Gods and gift to humanity, a healing herb showered with love by Mother Nature and put here to help mankind cope with the impassable sea of shit that daily life can be when surrounded by lame blueblood busybody poseur squares who think Cannabis is a gateway drug.

  6. Servetus says:

    Voters could end a lot of the marijuana hypocrisy popping up around election time by passing a new Constitutional amendment, one mandating that all presidential candidates smoke pot before running for office.

    In addition to being politically popular, the amendment would screen out phonies and nutbags, candidates like Huckabee, Romney, and Santorum. Plus, it would be an amendment that reflects the modern trend of potentially viable presidential candidates.

  7. claygooding says:

    Fuck everybody that makes a 7 figure salary or received a Porche for their birthday.

    • claygooding says:

      The above applies until some fool pays me 7 figures or buys me a Porche,,then I will evolve and have an epiphany.

  8. Will says:

    Although politicians evolve on drugs about as fast as molasses flowing uphill in wintertime, I really wish they’d evolve a little quicker when it comes to describing their past drug use — or the drug use of others — as a “mistake” or a “youthful indiscretion”. Although I joined the wide and ranging cannabis culture well over 40 years ago, I have never considered it a mistake. The only mistake I made was was when my mother caught my friend and I smoking in the woods behind my childhood home (we foolishly didn’t account for the prevailing wind direction that streamed right to the open windows of my parents house).

    Nor do I regret my involvement with LSD, mescaline and psilocibyn. Although I did pull a Maureen Dowd with psilocibyn once: I took a proper dose but got impatient for the effect to kick in and proceeded to take way too much. It scared the hell out of me for several hours but I survived, and did not repeat, that mistake again.

    It’s way past old when, with and wink and a nod, people like Jeb Bush (and likely Rand Paul) fondly remember their frat boy days which invariably involved excessive drunkenness and how much crazy fun that was. But mention consuming cannabis and it’s just repent and apologize for their misguided youthful stupidity.

    All that said, please no Jeb Bush for president. Haven’t we had enough of the members of that damn family running/ruining the show? Same goes for the Clinton clan. I really hope the great unwashed voting public has evolved past those disastrous political families. Though I’m not holding out much hope that that’s the case.

    • Poca says:

      I got an ounce of shrooms in college…they lasted a while… but I was not prepared for the dust at the bottom of the bag. gram for gram it was the most potent 2.5 grams ever! I was not prepared for that… it flows so much better when you are prepared to just let go

  9. QuaxMercy says:

    Here’s what I propose:

    !.) Establish definitively the medical efficacy question – Federal Judge Kimberly Mueller’s decision this Spring might begin this turning

    Once this is pinned down,

    2.) Eliminate from the discussion anyone who cannot deal with the truth of this matter. The notion that Cannabis users are the contingent that can’t face reality needs to be forever quashed. My reformer heroes say there are only two parties to this discussion: those who have, and those who WILL NOT read the research. (You NEVER hear the SMARTIES refute or even acknowledge Mechoulam.)

    3.) Then, begin to establish sensible rules, rather than these petty harassment ploys that get inserted by the very people who have done their very best to freeze any advancement of this issue across 8 decades. Again, these despoilers have earned their way OUT of the discussion and deserve zero say in the programs as they move forward. 6 plants, no, 12 plants, no, 5 nanograms, no, 50 nanograms per ml, no, 1,000 ft. from schools – AARRRRGGGHH! These micromanaging nanny saboteurs will need to get used to watching, not dictating policy.

  10. n.t. greene says:

    …did they mean hash? I mean, it’s not like they had dabs back then. It’s not like there was a list of concentrates to choose from…

    …or was Dubya’s dealer just charging him extra for “more concentrated” brick weed?

    • Duncan20903 says:


      I think that you’ve been listening to the propaganda n.t. We most certainly had hash oil back in the 1970s. None of today’s cannabis products are anything new. Just like edibles have been around for centuries. Google “Gunjah Wallah hasheesh candy” for an example of commercial edibles which were available when Abraham Lincoln was the POTUS and slavery was still legal.

      • N.T. Greene says:

        Well, damn. I guess I -was- a child of the DARE generation, so I have a lot of gaps in terms of history. Since, you know, DARE never was interested in history.

  11. “Marijuana Use Is Still a Morality Issue for Smokers-Turned-Politicians” –
    “Most Americans support legalization, but politicians still refer to their past use as a youthful mistake.” http://tinyurl.com/k5ekg92

    I would like these candidates to answer this: would it have been moral for them to have been thrown in jail and then tried running for office?

    Either they fix this unequal treatment or they face the truth: they are immoral crooks running for office. Immoral enough to treat others the way they themselves were unwilling to be treated. Hypocrites one and all. There is nothing moral about supporting a war on your own constituents. The drug war is on the American people, not the cartels. This war is immoral as hell. They haven’t pulled the wool over anyone’s eyes. They are hypocrites thru and thru.

    • claygooding says:

      My comment:
      They can call it a mistake and use language that dismisses their youthful indiscretion claiming morality all they want,,they are willing to continue locking up people for a plant that never gave them a hangover and has never killed anyone with an overdose while being no more addictive than coffee,,,and they KNOW it.

      Politicians that have used marijuana and know of it’s safety from personal experience yet still support prohibition have NO morality too claim.

  12. BTW if I am not mistaken the whole argument about brain changes in adolescents that NIDA has been running with to say that marijuana is dangerous for young adolescents is out the window.

    New Study Finds Daily Marijuana Use Is Not Associated With Brain Abnormalities http://tinyurl.com/lmvnouv

    Daily Marijuana Use Is Not Associated with Brain Morphometric Measures in Adolescents or Adults
    The Journal of Neuroscience

  13. Marijuana IS less dangerous than alcohol:

    …and tobacco, heroin, amphetamines, etc.

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