Debunking the gateway drug theory is just what Colorado has been doing since the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. According to anti-marijuana propaganda, marijuana has been labeled the gateway drug for decades. Those who do not support marijuana consumption believe that if you are a marijuana consumer you're going to do other hard drugs such as heroin and cocaine. They believe that because you smoke marijuana it opens up the pathway for you to try other illicit and harder drugs.
In fact, this could not be further from the truth. Marijuana consumption is helping people to beat drug addiction. Dangerous and deadly drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and pharmaceutical prescription drugs such as Adderall, Oxycodone, and Percocet are killing people at unprecedented rates. Marijuana is helping them to stop their cravings and kick their addiction. Many people thought that by legalizing marijuana in Colorado that it would open up a doorway or gateway that would cause other drug use to skyrocket.
To give you an idea scientists are doing stupid things like giving rodents nicotine and then giving them cocaine to determine whether they like cocaine more after a cigarette or before a cigarette. How does a rodent even compare on the same level as a human being? This is the kind of senseless nonsense that they have been spending billions of dollars of taxpayers money on for decades.
A recent study actually showed that the real gateway drug was in fact alcohol and nicotine. It was found that many individuals tried these substances long before taking a toke of the ganja. It also found that only a very small portion of people who consume cannabis on a regular basis have ever touched another street drug such as Cocaine or Heroin. In fact, most cannabis consumers do not even consume alcohol and wouldn’t dare touch something even worse.
Colorado, Washington State, Oregon, and Alaska are all showing the world on a daily basis that legalizing marijuana is benefiting them and it is helping to debunk the gateway drug theory once and for all.