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Me, thumbing through a student’s assigned book: Oh, he goes to a party. There’s alcohol and…(skimming further) marijuana.

Student, a 14-year-old Korean boy: What’s marijuana?

Me: .... Wow. That surprised me. It’s, well. It’s a drug that some people smoke. It, um. It has different effects. It can make someone really giggly or creative. Or scared. Sometimes just hungry.

Student: Oh. I don’t really know about any drugs.

Me, upon reflection: I think that’s ok.

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