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Justin Trudeau: Cool high school teacher

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The Liberal leadership hopeful explains his support for the decriminalization of marijuana, zings high school student.

By this point in the response, the student who originally asked Trudeau the question had stopped paying attention to the MP’s answer and began talking to his friends. Trudeau noticed, and didn’t waste the opportunity to point out that while a number of studies have shown marijuana is less hazardous to health than alcohol and tobacco, the drug can also affect brain development if used heavily during teenage years.

“And the effect of marijuana on the growing brain is being demonstrated by the muttering in the corner right now,” said Trudeau of the unaware students. His comment drew gasps, then laughter and finally thunderous applause from other students and staff.