But, does marijuana use cross-over to obviously more destructive drugs such as cocaine, heroin, etc.? Is it a gateway drug, or does it fall into the category of hard drugs? These are key questions.
The people who study substance abuse measure traffic accidents, spousal abuse, child neglect, and other sorts of maladies. And, alcohol has the numbers; always has had the numbers. If you are driving your car and someone runs you off the road with their car, that is probably not caused by marijuana. If caused by substance abuse, there’s a good chance you have watched this product advertised on television with enticing jingles.
Alcohol has wide-spread public acceptance, whereas marijuana has always been out of favor with the mass public. So, we are prepared to accept all kinds of harmful results with alcohol. That is why we have virtually unlimited advertising and market alcohol in grocery stores. When little children, shopping with their mothers, see the alcohol on grocery store shelves they automatically think it “good”, because everything in a grocery store is supposed to be good!
Here in east Tennessee the liberalization of alcohol beverages has been a dominant political theme for decades. Politicians and newspapers have almost been obsessed, for years, in bringing about more availability of alcohol beverages. It is no telling what east Tennessee would be today, economically, if people in public positions had not wasted so much time on alcohol beverages.