08/28/2013 12:49 EDT | Updated 10/28/2013 05:12 EDT

Kathleen Wynne Marijuana: Ontario Premier Says She Smoked Pot 35 Years Ago

TORONTO - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is adding fuel to the controversy surrounding his alleged use of illegal drugs by publicly admitting that he's smoked pot — "a lot of it."

Ford is the latest Canadian politician to make a pot confession, after Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau admitted last week that he took a pull on a joint at a dinner party three years ago, while he was an MP.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne also came clean today that she puffed a little pot, but she said it's been 35 years since the last smoke.

Ford has refused to answer queries from reporters about his alleged drug use since allegations surfaced that he was videotaped smoking crack cocaine.

Asked today whether he's smoked pot, Ford said with a laugh that he would not deny he has smoked lots of it.

Three years ago, Ford admitted he was charged with driving under the influence and marijuana possession in Florida in the 1990s.

He at first denied the allegations, but later pleaded no-contest to the impaired driving charge and the drug charge was dropped.

Trudeau's admission of pot use last week triggered calls for legalization of marijuana.

He said pot should be regulated and legalized, but Wynne wouldn't say whether she agrees with him, suggesting there needs to be a discussion about the possible pros and cons first.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has said he has stayed away from the drug after seeing a U.S. Supreme Court nominee withdraw after it emerged he had smoked marijuana in college.

Justice Minister Peter MacKay says most Canadians expect their elected representatives to stick to the straight and narrow.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this story said that John Baird had smoked pot. The story has been corrected.

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