Marijuana legalization might be fix to nation’s opioid problems

Cannabis often acts as an exit drug rather than as a supposed gateway
The Hill (US)
Thursday, July 28, 2016

Proponents of marijuana prohibition have long alleged that experimentation with pot acts as a “gateway” to the use and eventual abuse of other illicit substances. But the results of a just released national poll finds that most Americans no longer believe this claim to be true. According to survey data compiled by, fewer than one in three US citizens agree with the statement, “the use of marijuana leads to the use of hard drugs.” Among those respondents under the age of 65, fewer than one in four agree.