Will D.A.R.E Remove Marijuana From “Gateway” Drugs List?

For as long as I can remember The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program (better known as D.A.R.E) has been attacking marijuana and the dangers that it can cause for users. An ongoing and strong argument about marijuana is was that it was categorized as a gateway drug many years ago. Meaning that marijuana use can and will eventually lead to the use of harder and more serious substances. This is officially no longer the case, at least with the D.A.R.E program.

They finally removed cannabis from the list of gateway drugs. By doing this, stereotypes that are associated with marijuana can start to fade. Currently alcohol and tobacco are the only remaining items on the D.A.R.E gateway drug list. Both are legal almost globally but both have been proven to be “extremely more dangerous” than marijuana. By removing marijuana from the list, they are implying that marijuana is less of a threat than both alcohol and tobacco, both legal substances. Very interesting.

There have been countless hours of research and hundreds of studies proving the benefits of marijuana treatments from epilepsy, cancer, headaches, body pain, anxiety, depression, PTSD and this list goes on. Not only are there countless health benefits when it comes to marijuana use, but it is also a “cash crop” for the states that have stepped it up and made marijuana legal for recreational users.

Last year in 2015 Oregon made 11 million in tax revenue on legal weed in the FIRST WEEK. Colorado made $53 million. These numbers are insane. Although D.A.R.E has removed marijuana from they gateway list, they want to make their stance clear that they are not pro-legalization. Either way, it will help support legalization which is a step in the right direction for the rest of us.

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