Mr Rudd went on to clarify that he considered drugs "a bad trip, man" and that he had always considered that it was "not groovy" to "get high" because then he might "drop out" from the Australian National University and end up as a "beatnik" or "hippie" of some kind.
"Dope was 'never my scene' - Rudd"
The Australian (Wednesday 11 July 2007)
LABOR MP Peter Garrett smoked it when he was in his 20s and former US president Bill Clinton said he "did not inhale", but for Labor leader Kevin Rudd marijuana has never been part of his scene.
Former Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett came under the spotlight this week after Silverchair singer Daniel Johns said he had smoked joints with the MP and U2 rocker Bono. Johns later retracted the comment, saying it was a joke and Mr Garrett released a statement admitting he smoked marijuana when he was in his 20s.
When asked today if he had ever smoked marijuana, Mr Rudd said it has never been part of his scene.
"Never, never, never, not a part of my scene,'' Mr Rudd said.
"I've always had a very tough line on this stuff, really, really hard line.
"I'm in John Howard's camp on this one, we have a unity ticket.''
UPDATE: "Yeah, it was that Johns I meant - sorry Danny boyah", Bono clarified.