Marijuana is NOT A Gateway Drug, Except In This One Scenario…
As our readers know and by the title of our website and URL, we are 100% against the idea that marijuana is a gateway drug. We believe that correct use of legal marijuana can actually be used as a getaway drug (a term coined by Senator Elizabeth Warren) to help people get off opiates and painkillers.
Dale Jackson of Colin’s Voice does come up with one scenario where marijuana can be viewed as a gateway drug. The problem it that he is right. It has nothing to do with the plant’s biology or ingredients, or how they work on the body, but has all to do with who you are forced to buy marijuana from since it is illegal in most areas.
Let’s take a step back and go over a few terms. Many anti-marijuana folks consider marijuana a “gateway drug”. The basic inference is that marijuana is a first step in drug use that leads to much more dangerous drug use in the future. The basic argument being that you try marijuana and enjoy it, try it a few more times, and then that opens up a gateway to trying cocaine, ecstasy, heroin and more. The belief is that marijuana starts you on a path to trying more and more dangerous drugs in order to increase your enjoyment or high.
Getaway drug is a term used by the pro-legal marijuana groups to say, yes, marijuana is a gateway drug, but it can be used in the opposite direction. Instead of ramping up to heavier and more dangerous drugs, marijuana can be used to get people addicted to these drugs off of them. In essence, stepping them down from heavy drugs to lighter, safer drug use. Think of the nicotine patch for smokers. That is the basic idea, use medical marijuana to ween people off opiates, heroin, and cocaine. Elizabeth Warren, the senator from Massachusetts has been a big proponent of this idea as a way to help combat the heroin and opiate crisis in the USA right now.
Dale Jackson of Colin’s Voice in Georgia has struggled with this question. Being a Republican in Georgia and trying to get medical cannabis oil for his autistic son legalized, he has had to deal with this argument about cannabis all the way from Georgia to Washington, DC.
I don’t want to ruin his short video, but he does bring up the reason that this “gateway myth” has had legs for so long and so many anti-marijuana people cling to it. It has nothing to do with the brain or the biology of the plant, but has to do with the fact that since it is illegal, we have to get it from shady sources. It is those shady sources that encourage the laddering up of drugs since they will make more money. The plant itself is not a gateway drug, but the legal standing of the plant makes it a gateway drug. Change the legal standing of the plant, change the gateway drug argument forever.
Check out this video by Dale and leave a comment to let us know what you think.
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