Mayor, premier also smoked pot
Aug 28, 2013 / 6:51 pm
TORONTO - Ontario's premier and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford threw themselves in the political pot debate Wednesday, confessing they too smoked dope — and more than once.
Ford, who's been fighting allegations that he smoked crack cocaine, raised eyebrows when he freely admitted to using a different drug.
"Oh yeah," he said with a laugh. "I won't deny that. I smoked a lot of it."
Kathleen Wynne also came clean that she puffed some pot, but "very, very infrequently" and stopped 35 years ago, before her children were born and she was elected.
"It's never been a big part of my life," said the 60-year-old premier.
They're the latest high-profile politicians to own up to using marijuana, after Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau admitted last week that he took a pull on a joint three years ago while he was an MP.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has said he stayed away from the drug after seeing a U.S. Supreme Court nominee withdraw after it emerged he had smoked marijuana in college.
Trudeau said he hasn't lit up since, but Justice Minister Peter MacKay condemned him for breaking the law while serving in public office.
He also accused Trudeau of hypocrisy for voting for mandatory minimum sentences for marijuana production before he stopped smoking up.
Wynne said she won't pass judgment on Trudeau or anyone else.
"These are personal decisions that people make and I'm not going to weigh in on the decision of another politician or individual," she said.
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