Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau strikes a yoga pose with admirers after speaking to the media outside of Parliament Hill in Ottawa June 5, 2013.
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OTTAWA -- Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says he'd be in good company if border agents refused his entry into the United States after admitting getting stoned on pot as an MP.
Trudeau says he got high months after standing up in the House of Commons in support of harsher penalties for marijuana possession.
His confession that he broke federal laws prompted other politicians to admit to their own use of the popular drug, including Ontario Premier Kathryn Wynne, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter.
Immigration experts say admitting to drug use is grounds to be turned away at the border.
"I think that highlights the absurdity of the existing laws," Trudeau said in an interview on CTV's Question Period that aired Sunday.
"And if that is indeed the case, I will be in good company with just about every other political figure who has in the past weeks admitted to having used pot at one point or another."
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he has never smoked up and says Trudeau is encouraging drug use among children by flouting the law.
Trudeau believes legalizing pot would keep it out of the hands of kids and save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars a year in enforcement and judicial costs.
He called Harper a prohibitionist and urged the prime minister "to explain why adults shouldn't be given the opportunity to make their own free choices and why they think the continued prohibition that's obviously failed in protecting our children is still justified."