TORONTO - Mayor Rob Ford's openness to talk about his drug use seems to gone up in a puff of smoke.
Ford's staff quickly pulled him out of a media scrum Thursday when reporters tried to ask him to clarify his comments a day earlier about smoking marijuana.
On Wednesday, Ford -- who has been under the cloud of crack cocaine allegations since May -- admitted he's smoked " a lot" of pot.
But the details remain hazy around when Ford last smoked marijuana, if he's toked up since being elected or if he's done any other drugs.
Before the question came up, the mayor was at a Staples store near City Hall with his two children -- Stephanie, 8, and Douglas, 5 -- buying school supplies with around seven mayor's office staffers in tow.
Ford's staff had billed the event as a photo-op to promote the store's charity that helps raise funds for school supplies for needy children.
The mayor made his way up and down the aisles as one staffer pushed a cart, one ran down a list of school supplies, one took pictures and the others tried to keep track of his kids.
Despite a few disagreements over pencil cases and the colour of a binder, the mayor managed to get all the items on the list with the help of a Staples employee.
Ford's entire bill came to $212.07 including a $40 donation to the Staples for Students school supply drive.
"It's a great cause, Staples is doing a good thing," Ford said after loading his children and bags of school supplies into his SUV.
"I think everything helps. It is great that they are doing this."
Councillor Doug Ford was on the radio Thursday morning defending the mayor for his pot-smoking comments.
In an interview with The Roz and Mocha Show on KiSS 92.5, the mayor's brother -- who the hosts dubbed "Gateway Doug" -- shrugged off the story.
"He's a magnetic guy, they like going after him and I guess that's the media -- not all the media, by the way, some," Ford told interviewer Maurie Sherman.
Ford argued the mayor isn't unique and lots of people have tried pot and he said he thinks "a lot" of Canadian politicians have sparked one up.
"The vast majority (of politicians) have tried smoking pot, I can assure you that," Ford said.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper made it clear during a stop in Toronto Thursday he isn't one of those pot-smoking pols.
"Do I seem like I smoke marijuana?" he asked a reporter.
Harper then went on to say he doesn't smoke anything due to asthma and criticized Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau for smoking pot as an MP.
"Mr. Trudeau's actions display poor judgment," he said.