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  • Yes its a gateway drug.

    According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. A person who smokes marijuana is more than 104 times more likely to use cocaine than a person who never tries pot. When addicts tell their histories, many begin with a story about marijuana. It sets you on the path to getting past the media's negative painting of all drugs.

  • Yes its a gateway drug.

    According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. A person who smokes marijuana is more than 104 times more likely to use cocaine than a person who never tries pot. When addicts tell their histories, many begin with a story about marijuana. It sets you on the path to getting past the media's negative painting of all drugs.

  • Due to its illegal status, it would open some people up to finding other illegal substances

    Not to say its a bad drug or automatically pushes people to other drugs, but because it is currently marked as illegal, if a person is willing to go through the steps to get it, they may be more open to finding harder substances, they've already bypasses legality as issue.

  • Yes.

    In my experience, it is. It sets you on the path to getting past the media's negative painting of all drugs. You start to question what you've previously learned about drugs because something you were told was so awful and bad for you really isn't. It also makes you want to experience more kinds of highs.

  • No, I do not believe that marijuana really is a gateway drug.

    Marijuana physiologically affects you completely different from other major categories of drugs. It has hallucinogenic and depressant affects - both of which do not stimulate the same physiological pathways as other more potent drugs that users become readily addicted to. I believe that the progression to "harder" drugs is more due to the individual's own affinity to exploration and addiction rather than marijuana allowing them to be feel what other drugs will be like.

  • Mary Jane is no Gateway drug.

    I believe it isn't a gateway drug. Although yes people may smoke it and then try drugs but they have no connection, but most the time when they take another drug it is a one time thing to see what it's like and never touch it again and stick to the good old Mary Jane. It's the persons choice not the weed.

  • Marijuana is not a gateway drug.

    The reason why its not a gateway drug is because you know what your going to do. If you want to try harder drugs, that's your choice not the weed. You know the risks, if you don't think it's not worth taking the risks then don't. All I'm saying is that I think marijuana should be legal and everyone can smoke!

  • Marijuana is not a gateway drug.

    The reason why its not a gateway drug is because you know what your going to do. If you want to try harder drugs, that's your choice not the weed. You know the risks, if you don't think it's not worth taking the risks then don't. All I'm saying is that I think marijuana should be legal and everyone can smoke!

  • Marijuana is not a drug its a mirical medicine,

    Marijuana has been proven to kill cancer, relieve pain, and oh wait for it wait for it, it is proven that it actualy gets people off hard drugs like crack cocaine speed heroin meth, it promotes health happiness and healing, and there are cancer free people because of this medicine

  • Lets Be Real Here

    We are all curious by nature. If a person wanted to try a new way of altering their mind then they are going to do what it takes to get HIGH. Marijuana should not take the blame for the human curiosity which we are born with by nature. But I agree med shops would help big time with cleaning up the streets from illegal means of drugs. Legalize and and do not criminalize it!

  • Marijuana is not a gateway drug

    Marijuana is not a gateway drug, i believe people are the ones who make it a gateway drug. Clearly, people who use marijuana overwhelmingly do not move on to other drug use. That's why the number of people who use marijuana will always be more than 10 times greater than the number of people who use cocaine, heroin, etc.
    The point here isn’t just that marijuana isn’t actually a gateway drug, but that there really is no such thing as a gateway drug to begin with

  • Marijuana is not bad!

    Marijuana is not I believe the is not. Marijuana users usually dont intend to try a harder drug. The drug dealers slowly talk them into it. This is why marijuana should be legalized (in my opinion). Marijuana isnt a gateway drug but the drug dealers are a gateway to harder drugs. Legalize it!

  • Pretty simple why it isnt

    If you want to do harder stuff youll do harder stuff. You should know the risks involved. If you dont think its worth the risks then you dont do it. Now it just depends on how mentally strong that person is. Its got nothing to do with what they took before it. Simple

  • It ain't a gateway drug.

    Most people who smoke cannabis never use any other illicit drug. That is a fact, by the way. People who do, however, did not use other illicit drugs all because of cannabis. Druggers will have used them even if cannabis didn't exist. Many potheads say they don't use other drugs because they are bad for you.

  • After legalization, no.

    While illegal, those who wish to consume marijuana must get their pot from 'Illegal means'. This puts the user in a position where they must be in contact with people who have very little regard for anything, except for making money from the illegal drug trade. It is in the best interest of the illegal drug dealer to introduce other drugs to their clients. It's simply a matter of business, at any cost. The harder drugs are generally less available and therefore more expensive, which will mean a higher profit for the dealer. Additionally, the purchaser feels that they have already crossed that line of 'doing something illegal' and crossing the line to a harder drug is a much simpler hurdle at that point. Therefore, one could argue that marijuana is a gateway drug due to the circumstance of illegality.

    After legalization, no sensible person who wants to purchase marijuana and is able to do so legally, would continue to purchase marijuana from an illicit dealer, even if the price is a little higher. This, I believe is due to the fact that the user can be very sure that the product is pure and not laced with other substances, and the fact the the user has to do nothing 'illegal' to purchase or consume the product, which in itself is worth something monetarily (IE Jail, fines,etc).

    So, after marijuana prohibition has ended, the common user's forced interaction with the unscrupulous dealers, that even the user's despise, will end. Along with that the chance that a marijuana purchase might turn into a purchase of something else because 'Well, I don't have any pot right now, but I've got some of this? Wanna try it? You'll love it.

    You do the math...


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Krymsun says2014-04-23T16:33:49.837
" I believe marijuana is a gateway drug to substance abuse. "

Really? Would that be because there appears to be high correlation between the use of marijuana, and later 'hard' drug use? If so

then by that logic, wouldn't you be forced to agree that a substance with a much higher correlation than cannabis, a substance

that more people use more of, for longer, well before problem drug use must indicate it is even more likely to be the actual

'gateway' ?

One which logically must have a 100% correlation, as every single last one of those who later exhibit drug-abuse issues first

inhaled a steady diet of this substance. A substance whose overdose can result in central nervous system toxicity manifesting as

symptoms such as
visual changes (especially tunnel vision),
ringing in the ears (tinnitus),
nausea,
twitching (especially of the face),
irritability (personality changes, anxiety, confusion, etc.), and
dizziness.

This may be followed by a tonic–clonic seizure consisting of two phases: intense muscle contraction occurs for several seconds

(tonic); followed by rapid spasms of alternate muscle relaxation and contraction producing convulsive jerking (clonic). The

seizure ends with a period of unconsciousness (the postictal state).

Sudden withdrawal from this substance invariably results in death for 100% of users, a much higher rate than for chronic

alcoholics suffering the 'DTs', as an example.

Oxygen.

Stick THAT in your pipe, and smoke it!