MennoniteHobbit wrote:TerraFrost wrote:Marijuana's only a "gateway drug" because it's illegal. If it were legal, than those who smoked it wouldn't be have to familairize themselves with "the underworld" to get it, and thus, they wouldn't know how to take advantage of the other things "the underworld" has to offer (ie. the other illegal drugs).
Actually, it's also because those who take marijuana illegally usually want to try something "harder," which ends up getting them to take other illicit drugs.
Of course it varies from druggie to druggie, but I believe that that's the case.
Heh Heh - I've heard the argument about marijuana being the "Gateway" drug and therefore should remain illegal. It wasn't until an enterprising lawyer mentioned that Milk should be made illegal also, because all drug users started off by drinking milk.
During my high school years, 1/3 of the football team smoked marijuana and about 1/2 of the people that I knew smoked marijuana. Of the 100 or so people that I knew that smoked, only 5 went on to doing something harder. Of those 5 (one of them being me) - 3 of them continued and have subsequently been arrested and are still serving time in the Huntsville (Tx) prison (Not me at all - I quite after trying crack (once) and dropping acid (twice)). It's not a scientific study - just my observations from 15 years ago. I can't tell if anymore has gone on to do something harder, but I do know about 75 people have stopped smoking marijuana all together.
Some one mentioned the medicinal uses of marijuana - yes, it can be used medically, for more than just chemotherapy. Glaucoma patients benefit from it, as well as Quad- and Paraplegics. I had a friend who broke his neck in a gymnastics accident. From time to time, his muscles would begin spasming badly. Not only was it an irritation for him, but it could be dangerous (his foot could slip off his powered chair causing broken bones). By smoking a joint, his muscle spasms would quit. While he was vehemently against ALL drugs, he could now see that there was a natural way to cure a personal problem - after 17 years of being confined to a wheel chair and having to pop pills dailly to relieve the muscle spasms (and hating being tied to man-made medications), he now has a low cost option that does the same thing (and quite a bit better than meds - according to him) and is completely natural.
Adamsmark wrote: I don't think anyone can argue that marijuana use is as common as smoking.
I bet it's a lot more common than you think though (but I would say it is in decline due to the PSA).
Again - unscientific observation - but my friends and I that smoked weed in school counted up the people that we knew that smoked weeds or did drugs in in high school. Of 536 people in the graduating class, 1/3 smoked weed (5 of them going off to smoke a bong after Student Council). Of the 1200 people in the school, about 400 - 500 - that we knew - did some form of drugs.