The son of disgraced Toronto mayor Rob Ford is warning the city he could not “handle” the drug.
Rob Ford Jr., a former deputy mayor, said Thursday that he has “not done anything illegal” with marijuana in Toronto since joining the city’s public service in August.
Ford said he was arrested in August on suspicion of possession of cannabis.
Ford has denied the allegations.
“It’s been going on for years,” Ford told reporters at the mayor’s office.
“It’s a very big problem.
And I think it’s time that people stop being afraid to speak up.
And maybe I’m wrong, but I’m not doing anything illegal.”
Ford, who is a lawyer and is also a political commentator, said he would never be able to help his son with his drug problems.
The city has been battling a growing epidemic of drug overdoses.
Last year, the city reported 6,813 drug-related overdose deaths, the highest total since 2003.
Last month, police announced an initiative to ban the sale of marijuana to anyone under the age of 21.
While the mayor has said the city will not prosecute anyone for selling marijuana, Ford has been critical of a proposed police policy that would have forced people over the age 18 to submit to breath tests.
Last year, a judge ruled the policy unconstitutional, saying it violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.