Governor Christie has once again been touring New Jersey condemning marijuana as a “gateway drug.” Gateway to the greatest music ever made! You could definitely make a case for marijuana to be inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame, or at least the songwriter’s hall. As far as leading to other drugs? Not a gateway.
Lets go to factchecker.org which cites a 1999 report from the Institute of Medicine which says, “in the sense that marijuana use typically precedes rather than follows initiation into the use of other illicit drugs, it is indeed a gateway drug. However, it does not appear to be a gateway drug to the extent that it is the cause or even that it is the most significant predictor of serious drug abuse; that is, care must be taken not to attribute cause to association.”