When my son drinks, he can become a real ass; mean and angry. But on the days he avoids alcohol and smokes marijuana instead, he's just like his old self I loved so much, decades ago. He's not aggressive, he's friendly, he's funny, he's pleasant to be around.
This was related to me many months ago, but I am only now publishing it. Something over at NORML.org bought it to mind again, "Closing The ‘Gateway’ To Drug Abuse — With Cannabis."
Here are the first few paragraphs.
For decades opponents of marijuana law reform policies have falsely argued that marijuana is a ‘gateway’ to drug abuse — a guilt-by-association charge that implies that because tens of millions of people have used cannabis and a minority of these tens of millions have also tried other drugs that somehow it must have been the pot that triggered the hard drug use.
But while reformers have been consistent — and accurate — to point out that the so-called ‘gateway theory’ lacks any statistical support (for example, the U.S. government contends that more than four in ten Americans have used cannabis, yet fewer than two percent have ever tried heroin), few in our movement have publicized the fact that for many people cannabis can be a powerful ‘exit drug’ for those looking to curb or cease their use of alcohol, opiates, or narcotics. For instance:
A 2010 study published in the Harm Reduction Journal demonstrating that cannabis-using adults enrolled in substance abuse treatment programs fared equally or better than nonusers in various outcome categories, including treatment completion.
I encourage you to read the whole thing.