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Marco Rubio: There's 'no responsible way' to smoke pot


Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) declined to tell Yahoo News whether he had ever smoked marijuana in an interview published Monday, saying there was no right answer.

"If you say that you did, then suddenly there are people out there saying, 'Well, it's not a big deal,'" he said. "On the other side of it is if you tell people that you didn't, they won't believe you."

And, he added, he didn't want anyone to use him as an excuse to smoke pot because, "I think there's no responsible way to recreationally use marijuana."

About half of all adults say they've used marijuana at some point in their lives, and seven in 10 say weed is less dangerous to personal health than alcohol.