Posted at 4:52 PM on May 1, 2007
by Jeff Horwich
By a slim vote, the state senate here voted to have us join the states that have legalized medical marijuana use. (Check the story from MPR's Tim Pugmire.) Ten states have already done so, though recent examples from California show the federal gov't isn't necessarily letting them carry through.
I got a chuckle out of this counter-argument in Tim's story:
"There will be drugs in the front seats of cars. There will be drugs in the drawers at nursing homes," (said) Sen. Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassen. "Our grandparents will have drugs. Aunts and uncles will have two-and-a-half ounces of marijuana. The kids already know now how to find the alcohol in their parents cabinets. They'll find this marijuana. It's a gateway drug."
It seems silly at first glance -- though perhaps there's something to this. One can imagine kids getting obsessed with where Grandma keeps her pot. I gather in this case, it'll be a gateway to harder stuff like Ben-Gay and Lipitor.
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I would argue that the reason marijuana is a gateway drug is that it is illegal. To get marijuana you have to know a drug dealer or at least know someone who knows someone who is a drug dealer. While there are casual drug users who lead average lives in the off time, I imagine there aren't a lot of casual drug dealers. So if you are smoking marijuana, you are getting it from somewhere, and if you are hanging around drug dealers, chances are that marijuana is not the only thing they sell. I mean, alcohol is mind altering, but you don't see anyone calling that a gateway drug. If you are getting your pot from grandma, she's probably not going to offer you some ecstacy or meth or coke to go with it.