Jeb Bush Calls Marijuana "Gateway Drug"

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush recently stated his shift in supporting cannabis. The former governor sat down with Joe Mathieu of Boston's WBZ NewsRadio for an interview, where he shockingly endorsed the removal of harsh criminal penalties for cannabis possession. Just as he may have turned a few herbalists' heads, he also put his foot in his mouth by referring to cannabis as a gateway drug. 

"It's one thing to say we should have decriminalization of marijuana. I support that," he said. "Marijuana is a gateway drug," he continued. "Just as opiates are a gateway drug. Of course it is, every study shows that." We're not sure what "studies" he's referring to. According to a research assessment by the Institute of Medicine in 1999, it was concluded, "There is no conclusive evidence that the drug effects of marijuana are casually linked to the subsequent abuse of other illicit drugs." 

He continued to say, "The new heroin and the new marijuana are highly, highly toxic."  Still unclear as to what he's referring to but fortunately, the former governor does not see cannabis as a federal issue. "This is clearly gonna be a state issue, not a federal issue... The federal government has a role because federal laws don't allow for the crossing of state lines for the sale of marijuana, and I support that as well."

How do you feel about Jeb Bush's point of view on cannabis reform?