Sen. Marco Rubio speaks during a keynote address about his plans to overhaul the country's higher education system, before a panel discussion held by The National Journal at Miami-Dade College, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Miami. LYNNE SLADKY, AP
MIAMI - Sen. Marco Rubio is declining to say whether he ever smoked marijuana.
The Florida Republican and potential presidential candidate dodged a direct question at an education forum Monday, saying his own drug experience is irrelevant.
In his words: "If I tell you that I haven't, you won't believe me. And if I tell you that I did, then kids will look up to me and say, 'Well, I can smoke marijuana because look how he made it.'"
Rubio opposes legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. He said like most teenagers he made dumb decisions when he was younger, and he said he didn't need the help of marijuana or alcohol to further that.
Florida voters will decide a ballot initiative in November on legalizing medical marijuana.