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Canada Green Party leader not high on pot use

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  • Canada's Green Party supports the legalization of marijuana
  • Party leader Elizabeth May "not a big fan" of marijuana use, report says
  • May says legalization would help curtail organized crime
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(CNN) -- The leader of Canada's Green Party, which supports the legalization of marijuana, has apologized for never smoking pot.

Elizabeth May said she was "not a big fan" of marijuana use, the country's national news agency reported.

"I apologize," she said.

May volunteered the observation Wednesday after reporters at a campaign stop asked about her party's policy to decriminalize Canada's marijuana laws.

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She acknowledged that most politicians eventually are asked whether they have indulged, but she said she had never used marijuana, the Canadian Press reported

The Toronto, Ontario-based agency is a private nonprofit that, like The Associated Press in the United States, is owned by its member newspapers.

During her appearance Wednesday, May said that existing legislation criminalizes "decent, law-abiding" Canadians and that the justice system should focus on "real crime," the agency reported.

She added that allowing people to grow marijuana legally would help curtail organized crime.

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