Experts Warn against Dangers of Marijuana

By Staff Writer

Marijuana is often said to be less addictive than other illegal drugs. However, experts say that this does not diminish the danger it poses to society. Abuse of the substance is likely to force an individual to seek addiction rehab at some point in their life.

Connecticut State Senator Toni Boucher recently wrote in the News-Times that this is because marijuana is a gateway drug. More than nearly any other substance, the drug is used to initiate individuals into the world of substance abuse. After this, users often begin experimenting with harder drugs that can ruin their lives.

Boucher wrote that there are currently several bills before state legislators that would decriminalize marijuana for a number of purposes. However, the senator said that these bills send the wrong message and that they could put more individuals on a path toward a lifetime of substance abuse and addiction.

This role of marijuana as a “gateway drug” can be powerful. A study from the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University found that regular pot smokers are 85 percent more likely than non-smokers to also use cocaine.