In an interview this week, Florida senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) said, "I don't believe there's a responsible way to recreationally use marijuana.”
The 42-year-old senator also refused to admit if he ever personally smoked pot and attempted to justify dodging the question by claiming an admission of past pot consumption might influence children to get high.
Additionally, Rubio reasoned, "If you tell people you didn't [use pot] they won't believe you … The bottom line is, I don't think people should smoke marijuana."
Senator Rubio – considering a White House run in 2016 – does not support legalized recreational weed in Colorado and Washington: "Marijuana is illegal under federal law. That should be enforced … I believe that adding yet another mind-altering substance to something that's legal is not good for the country."
Previously, at a February education forum in Miami, Rubio termed his own drug experience as irrelevant and refused to disclose if he had ever smoked pot.
In a January interview, Rubio said he had "qualms" about Amendment 2, a ballot initiative to legalize medical cannabis in the Sunshine State that is projected to pass this November. However, the junior senator expressed a measure of tolerance towards medical pot: "You hear compelling stories of people who say the use of medical marijuana provides relief for the thing they are suffering … So, I'd like to learn more about that aspect of it, the science of it."
Unfortunately, the fiscal conservative Rubio is uninterested in learning about the vast economic benefits of recreational legalization.