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Weed is bad, m'kay? Dutch PM warns Canadians against sparking up

Canadians had barely enjoyed legal marijuana for even a fortnight when they received high-level advice against it uses, from the unlikeliest of people: the prime minister of the Netherlands.

Mark Rutte’s warnings came on his Thursday visit to Canada, just over a week after its much-anticipated cannabis legalization.

He and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau were talking pot use in front of a young audience in Ottawa.

"The best policy on drugs for yourself is 'no first use.' It sounds conservative, but I would urge you: Don't try at all."

That, coming from the prime minister of a country where buying and using marijuana in designated spaces has been legal for over 40 years.

Many of Amsterdam's five million annual tourists specifically flock to its " coffee shops" to spark up or eat pot edibles without fearing the long arm of the law.

Naturally, young Canadians were interested in Rutte's experience – but didn't get the endorsement they perhaps expected.

One of the problems with today's cannabis is that it's "so much stronger than when we were young," Rutte said.

He then mentioned his friends' children who were having mental health problems from its use.

During the visit, PM Justin Trudeau and Dutch PM Mark Rutte tackle question of marijuana legalization.

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