Study: The ‘gateway drug’; is alcohol, not marijuana
Using a nationally representative sample from the University of Michigan’s annual “Monitoring the Future” survey, the study blasts holes in drug war orthodoxy wide enough to drive a truck through, definitively proving that marijuana use is not the primary indicator of whether a person will move on to more dangerous substances.
That social misconception, largely driven by the sheer popularity of alcohol and the profits it generates for private industry, is diametrically opposed to the most current science available on drug harms. A study published in 2010 in the medical journal Lancet ranked alcohol as the most harmful drug of all, above heroin, crack, meth, cocaine and tobacco. Even more striking: the Lancet study found that harms to others near the user were more than double those of the second most harmful drug, heroin.
And yet marijuana is still illegal is most places (emphasis added). Oh, what’s that? Beer and alcohol companies are spending money to oppose marijuana legalization? Go figure.