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Legal Pot Could Be Contagious: Colorado and Washington Show Us the Way Out of the Senseless War on Marijuana

Dean197 Wrote: Nov 14, 2012 9:30 AM
It's a gateway job because you have to go to a drug dealer to get it. Tobacco would be a gateway drug if the person you bought it from was also selling crack.
Rondoman Wrote: Nov 14, 2012 10:15 AM
No, it is a gateway drug because it emboldens the timorous to experiment further. Whether legal or not, the effects are the same. It creates a false escape rather than force one to have to deal with reality and become strengthened in resolve and character as a result. When a "high" is experienced, it only creates the desire to go further. There is no moral "wall" where the experimenter says, "No, that one is not good, so I will not try it."
Shortly before the House of Representatives approved a federal ban on marijuana in 1937, the Republican minority leader, Bertrand Snell of New York, confessed, "I do not know anything about the bill." The Democratic majority leader, Sam Rayburn of Texas, educated him. "It has something to do with something that is called marihuana," Rayburn said. "I believe it is a narcotic of some kind."

Seventy-five years, millions of arrests and billions of dollars later, we are still living with the consequences of that ignorant, ill-considered decision, which nationalized a policy that punishes peaceful people and squanders taxpayer money in a blind vendetta...