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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks at a news conference to address the media at city hall in Toronto on June 20.
TORONTO — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who denied allegations earlier this year that he was caught smoking crack cocaine on camera, casually admitted on Wednesday that he has smoked "a lot of" marijuana.
The offhand comment by the leader of Canada's largest city came as Ford was leaving a business luncheon and was asked by reporters if he had ever smoked the drug.
"Oh yeah, I won't deny that. I've smoked a lot of it," he said with a laugh.
Ford made global headlines in May when U.S. blog Gawker and the Toronto Star both reported that their reporters had seen a cellphone video that appears to show Ford using crack cocaine.
Ford has repeatedly denied the allegations and the video has failed to surface. Reuters cannot confirm the existence of the video or its content.