Canada's Trudeau admits to using marijuana
Canada's Liberal leader says he is 'not crazy' about the drug, but has called for legalisation
Canada's Liberal leader and strong candidate for prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has admitted that he has smoked marijuana since being elected to Parliament, after recently calling for legalising its use.
The eldest son of late prime minister Pierre Trudeau told the Huffington Post that he smoked pot five or six times in his life, the first while on a trip to the Caribbean with university classmates and most recently three years ago with friends over for a dinner party while his children were staying overnight with their grandmother.
The admission was made in an interview with the news website, which was conducting a survey of Canadian lawmakers' drug habits.
"One of our friends lit a joint and passed it around. I had a puff," he said.
"Sometimes, I guess, I have got a buzz, but other times no. I'm not really crazy about it," he said.
Trudeau was elected to Parliament in 2008.
Earlier this year he was picked to lead and resurrect a party that held power for most of the last century but was relegated to the margins as the country's number three political force in the last election.
Polls now put Trudeau ahead of Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper and if the numbers hold until the next election, expected in 2015, the Liberals could form the next government.