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De Blasio: Haven't Smoked Pot Since I Was at NYU

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    Mayor: I Haven't Smoked Pot Since College

    During an off-topic Q&A session at a news conference Wednesday, Mayor de Blasio was asked by a blogger if he or his wife have smoked pot inside Gracie Mansion since moving in. (Published Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015)

    One of Mayor de Blasio's hallmark policy changes since taking office has been to stop arrests on low-level marijuana charges, but he says he's not a marijuana consumer himself. 

    During an off-topic Q&A session at a news conference Wednesday, de Blasio was asked by a blogger if he or his wife have smoked pot inside Gracie Mansion since moving in. 

    De Blasio was ribbed for being late many times during his first year in office. It came to a head when he arrived about 20 minutes late to a Queens memorial service for the victims of Flight 587 in September.

    The mayor said at the time he got a late start because he was "sluggish" after a poor night of sleep.

    He replied, "No, I haven't smoked marijuana since I was at NYU."

    The mayor, who gave the same answer when asked the question in November, didn't reference his wife, Chirlane McCray, in his response Wednesday.

    A spokeswoman told NBC 4 New York McCray has not smoked marijuana since she become first lady and that the last time she did was a "very long, long, long, long" time ago. 

    The question about the mayor and first lady's habits apparently stemmed from a recent Fox News segment in which commentator Bo Dietl implied the mayor was often late because he smoked pot.

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