Has Marco Rubio Smoked Pot?

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) (R) listens to Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) (L) as they arrive at the Senate Republican weekly policy luncheon November 19, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
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Stephanie Czekalinsk
Feb. 10, 2014, 11:27 a.m.

Sen. Marco Ru­bio played coy Monday morn­ing when a pan­el mod­er­at­or asked him if he’d ever smoked pot. The ques­tion came at a Na­tion­al Journ­al event in Miami on im­prov­ing out­comes for the na­tion’s com­munity-col­lege stu­dents after the top­ic turned to a bal­lot meas­ure that would leg­al­ize med­ic­al marijuana in his state.

Ru­bio said he nev­er an­swers that ques­tion, for two reas­ons:

“If I tell you that I haven’t, you won’t be­lieve me. If I 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.’ “

Ru­bio said when he was teen he “made dumb de­cisions as is.” He didn’t need the help of marijuana or al­co­hol to do that, he said. When teens make bad de­cisions, it can af­fect them for the rest of their lives, he said.

Wheth­er he smoked marijuana as a young per­son: “At this point, it’s ir­rel­ev­ant,” Ru­bio said.

The event was un­der­writ­ten by the Bill and Melinda Gates, Rock­e­feller, and An­nie E. Ca­sey found­a­tions.


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