Contrary to the admonition of every wretched Drug Warrior that ever spoke at your school, marijuana is most certainly not a “gateway” to harder drugs. The lack of availability of a safe high is what drives people to use harder drugs. Marijuana, on the contrary, is an “exit” drug that can wean addicts off heroin, meth, crack, and other deadly substances.
“Substituting cannabis for drugs like heroin, alcohol, and prescription opioids is a type of “harm reduction,” Schrank explains, a recovery paradigm that prioritizes reducing the negative consequences of drug use rather than stopping patients from using completely. High Sobriety is aimed at patients who haven’t responded to traditional rehab programs—and there are a lot of them. According to recent estimates, AA is only successful for 5% to 10% of people. Some experts even say it can even be detrimental for a number of reasons.”