18 Jan Why Do Some People Believe Marijuana Is a Gateway Drug?
Many people continue to harbor concerns about marijuana, and their belief of its potential to being a gateway drug to either street drugs, or opioids/narcotics. Others believe the act of using marijuana, would lead one to entertain experimenting with other drugs that may be illicit. This phenomenon is called the “Gateway Theory.” The problem with this theory is it does not consider other factors that could lead an individual to engage in the use of other drugs. There are many factors that will affect a person’s likelihood of indulging in other drugs such as; their community, life experiences and their genetics. Another problem with the “Gateway Theory” is that components of it assess states in which marijuana is not legal recreationally. Illegal marijuana growers and those purchasing, are essentially breaking the law. That calls for a concern due to potential crime related activities. Also, this pose as a greater risk due to individuals selling marijuana illegally, are often selling other drugs that are more than likely illicit.
Since marijuana is legal and regulated in several states presently, the issue of the illegal distribution of it will decrease, and potentially diminish over time. Furthermore, individuals who consume alcohol, which is legal and regulated, are not typically going to graduate from liquor to illicit drugs unless there are other factors involved. If there are not other mitigating factors, marijuana for the use of medical or recreational purposes, has an extremely low probability of becoming a gateway drug.