R.T. Rybak says he smoked his share of pot in high school, but it left him depressed

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When you think of words to describe R.T. Rybak, "depressed" certainly wouldn't be anywhere near the top of the list. But in a wide-ranging interview with Mpls St. Paul Magazine's Steve Marsh, the soon-to-be former mayor says that's how smoking a bunch of pot made him feel during his days at Breck High School.

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What got him out of his ganja-induced funk? Fittingly, the ebullient R.T. says it was his first political campaign.

Here's an excerpt of that part of the interview:
What was Breck like in the '70s?
It was very different. Today it's a phenomenal but very privileged school. Then it was more alternative. It was a very open school. It was where people whose parents were in the orchestra or worked at the newspaper or the university went. It had very wide open modular scheduling, some would say almost chaotic. I was a terrible student. Really bad. I was 50th in a class of 52. But I was involved in everything.

Were you a pothead?
Yeah. For a while.

In high school or just college?
Not much in college. And I wouldn't say I was a pothead. I smoked pot.

What kind of a person were you?
I was lost. I was kind of a good kid who went to cub scouts and boy scouts and all that. And then it was the '60s, and for a couple years--my junior and my sophomore year--it was a really different period of time. I smoked pot and I think it got me pretty depressed, frankly.

Was your group of friends depressed?
I wouldn't pass judgment. I would just say that when I look back on it, it was not a good period. I quit playing football, which I loved. I came out of it when I ran for school president. So I ran--it's always a senior who's president but I ran as a junior--and I wound up winning...
To read the rest of the interview -- including R.T.'s spirited defense of the Vikings stadium deal and his explanation of why he thinks the Step-Up Summer Job Program was "the biggest thing" he did in office -- click here.

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