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Prince Edward Island Premier Robert Ghiz speaks to the media after meeting with Canadian Union of Public Employees representatives to discuss the union’s concerns about potential changes to the health-care system.
P.E.I. Premier Robert Ghiz admits he has smoked pot.
Ghiz was asked the question virtually every elected official in the country is being asked after he spoke to the federal Liberal caucus during their meetings in P.E.I. this week.
"I tried it when I was younger," the 39-year-old premier said.
"I can say that I haven't had, I guess, a joint in a long time. It wasn't something that took to me, but I tried it."
Last week, federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau admitted to smoking marijuana several times, including since becoming an elected member of Parliament.
He is calling for the legalization of the drug as a way to better regulate it and keep it out of the hands of children.
Ghiz did not go so far as to say he supports this position, but did say it is an issue worthy of debate.
"Quite frankly we know that what's happening now is not working," Ghiz said.
"So it's important to look at different alternatives and whether or not that is legalizing or decriminalizing - I think it's a bold step to take, but it's something that you've heard from different organizations across the country call for in the past and I think it's time that we took a look at it."
Ghiz joked that he has been expecting to be asked about whether he has tried pot for the last 10 years, especially since he took over as leader of the provincial Liberal party when he was only 29 years old.
"I even had the perfect line for when I was asked that question," he said.
"I would have said, 'Yes, and I inhaled!" But then (Barack) Obama said it first."