TORONTO -- Councillor Doug Ford tried to clear the air around Mayor Rob Ford’s pot-smoking admission by accusing the “vast majority” of Canada’s politicians of smoking marijuana.
In an interview with The Roz and Mocha Show on KiSS 92.5 Thursday, the mayor’s brother -- who the hosts dubbed “Gateway Doug” -- shrugged off the story that has made headlines around the world.
On Wednesday, Mayor Ford was asked if he’s ever smoked weed to which he gleefully replied, “oh yeah.”
“I won’t deny that. I’ve smoked a lot of it,” Ford said before he was whisked away from reporters.
Councillor Ford told interviewer Maurie Sherman that he really didn’t know why it was a big deal that his brother admitted he smoked pot.
“I emphasize not everyone but the vast majority of people your age and my age, the baby boomers per se, have tried smoking pot once in their life,” he said.
He said that he thinks “a lot” of Canadian politicians have sparked one up.
“There is a lot of politicians in this country ... the vast majority have tried smoking pot, I can assure you that,” Ford said.
The councillor admitted earlier this year to smoking pot in high school after The Globe and Mail ran a story accusing him of being a hash dealer back in the 1980s. Ford has denied those allegations.
Asked if he ever smoked marijuana with the mayor when they were kids, Ford said he “can’t remember back that far.”