18 Jan Medical Marijuana: Gateway Drug, or the Answer to the Opioid Crisis?
In the remote and immediate past, there has been a massive stigma surrounding the use of marijuana in the United States and many other countries. Over the years, as more research has become available, the stigma surrounding cannabis has slowly faded. Presently, there are 33 states in the U.S., along with the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, that have legally permitted the use of cannabis for medical purposes. States such as Colorado, California and Illinois, have now legalized the use of recreational cannabis.
Though the stigma continues to diminish, there are still concerns amongst citizens of the U.S. Although there is evidence that supports cannabis not being a gateway drug, many people believe otherwise.