Is marijuana really a gateway drug?

Only in the sense that it’s a gateway to freedom from dependency on other, more dangerous drugs.

“Abas argues that while marijuana is seen by some as a gateway drug to harder stuff, it has actually been helping people get off some of that stuff. Indeed there are people using cannabis to ease out of opioid and alcohol addiction. The journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research just released data from a University of California, Berkeley-Kent State University study that supports that notion. The study found that pain patients are successfully substituting cannabis for their pain medication.”