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D.A.R.E. Program Quietly Removes Marijuana From List of ‘Gateway Drugs’

Published on February 27, 2016 by   ·   2 Comments


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Even D.A.R.E. isn’t pretending like marijuana is a gateway drug anymore.

The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program (D.A.R.E.), one of the largest anti-drug groups in the world, no longer lists marijuana as a so-called “gateway drug” on its website.

The gateway theory basically claims that people who start using “soft” substances, such as marijuana, then go on to use “hard” drugs like heroin or cocaine.

It’s a very common argument thrown out by marijuana prohibitionists to this day, like Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who recently took some heatfor publicly describing pot as a gateway drug.

D.A.R.E. has proselytized the cannabis gateway theory to grade-school children across the world for years and pumped out a continuous stream of scary claims about marijuana.

Here’s one passage from an Oct. 2014 article posted to D.A.R.E.’s website:

While the drug [marijuana] is being legalized in some states for medicinal and, in some cases, recreational purposes, there are many experts who still consider it the path to a life of ruin.

Numerous studies that disprove the marijuana-gateway theory have been published in recent years, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that ”most people who use marijuana do not go on to use other, ‘harder’ substances.”

Now in 2016, even D.A.R.E. itself has quietly removed marijuana from its list of gateway drugs. The program’s website specifically mentions only tobacco and alcohol as gateway drugs now

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Readers Comments (2)

  1. States have started dropping marijuana from police dog training too. It’s about to be reclassified imo

  2. Yeah they want to legalize it, and want it everywhere so they can start handing out driving under the influence of drugs tickets

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