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Has Marco Rubio smoked pot? He won't say

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Sen. Marco Rubio, appearing at an education forum today in Miami, was asked whether he's ever smoked pot.

He wouldn’t say.

The question came in the context of the Florida ballot measure to allow medical marijuana. A moderator then asked Rubio if he's ever tried the drug.

"I'll tell you why I never answer that question," Rubio replied. "If I tell you that I haven't, you won't believe me. And if tell you that I did, then kids will look up to me and say 'Well, I can smoke marijuana because look how he made it. He did all right so I guess I can do it, too.' The bottom line is, it is a substance that alters your mind. When I was 17 and 18 and 16, I made dumb decisions as is. I didn’t need the help of marijuana or alcohol to further that."

Rubio went on to say that bad choices made as a youth can follow a person through life - an arrest record hurting job prospects, for example.

"At this point," Rubio said of the question, "it's irrelevant."

On medical marijuana, Rubio told us in January that he's skeptical but did not flatly reject the idea. Read about that here.

[Last modified: Monday, February 10, 2014 6:22pm]


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