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Letter: What were you smoking?

The P.E.I. government announced Thursday the legal age for marijuana use will be 19 and that it will be sold through stand-alone retail stores under the province’s liquor control commission.
"Many countries are considering reducing, or totally eliminating, laws regarding possession for personal use," a letter-writer points out. — File photo

This is in regard to a letter you published on July 4 titled: “Legalization of marijuana will be an infamous day in Canadian history.”

I can only assume this came to you in a dream, because it has no basis in reality. It is beyond me why this was published here when a simple online search would reveal it is not based in fact.

In the U.S., 30 states and the District of Columbia currently have laws broadly legalizing marijuana in some form and it is legal in more than a few other countries. And many countries are considering reducing, or totally eliminating, laws regarding possession for personal use.

Possession is fully legal in Italy, Czech Republic, Bangladesh, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Nepal, Netherlands, North Korea, Spain and Switzerland.

In other countries, possession of small amounts is legal.

In Portugal, 25 grams legal to possess.

In Ecuador, 10 grams legal to possess.

In Peru, eight grams is legal to possess.

In Belgium, under five grams is legal to possess.

In Russian, six grams is legal to possess.

In Ukraine, five grams is legal to possess.

Mexico has decriminalized possession.

In Germany, while there are still laws on the books, doesn’t prosecute possession of small amounts for personal use.

Perhaps The Telegram should enforce its Letters Policy that’s published on the Editorial page, where it states, “The Telegram will not publish letters that are factually incorrect...”

Gary Pike

St. John’s

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