“It’s a gateway drug…”
“It sets a bad example to the children…”
How many times have you heard a politician, preacher, teacher or any similarly uneducated idiot say something like that about weed?
Well, if marijuana is a so-called gateway to other drugs, why doesn’t the government’s own data back up the claim?
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, 18.9 million Americans used marijuana in 2012. However, in the same year, only 1.6 million Americans used cocaine, while a mere 300,000 used heroin.
So, to put that in a better perspective, more than 90 percent of marijuana enthusiasts steered clear of coke, and almost 99 percent managed to not use smack.
To make the “gateway” claim, politicians and others have to play games with the data. Yes, it is true that almost everyone who used heroin started out using marijuana but again, and the numbers don’t lie – 99 percent of people who use marijuana never use heroin.
So, where is the causality? Well, clearly, there isn’t one.
Furthermore, the government fails to tell us how many junkies, tried the “gateway” drugs of alcohol or tobacco, or even glue, before trying the marijuana they tried before the heroin?
It’s like asking which came first; the chicken or the right-wing scaremongering?
There is no logical causality between marijuana and heroin or other hard drugs – other than in the minds of the religiously impaired, or those being paid to oppose legalizing marijuana.
So, shame on those who lie and make such bogus and unsubstantiated claims.
Now, on a related topic, on Tuesday, Columbia University published a study in The Lancet Psychiatry, which examined cannabis use in more than a million teenagers over a period of 24 years.
The researchers discovered that there has been no impact at all on marijuana use among teenagers in the 21 states that have moved forward with the legalization of medical marijuana.
Therefore, the claim that legalizing marijuana sends a bad message to teenagers, or that it somehow condones the use of drugs, is just as big a steaming pile of bullshit as the idea that marijuana is a gateway to other substances.
What do you guys think, is it possible to win the war of misleading information? Comment below and let us know.