Originally Posted by Hawkingbird
- Gateway drug
Mental health links
Unknown health links
It's a gateway only because it is illegal. Drug dealers push other illicit drugs on buyers who initially only bought weed. In Amsterdam, illicit drug use went down after weed cafes were opened.
Mentally there's no proof that cannabis is harmful. The only negative is a possible connection with schizophrenia. But even that connection is questionable. Despite highly increased use of cannabis the rate of schizophrenia has remained constant at 1% of the population. That wouldn't be the case if a popular drug like cannabis caused schizophrenia.
Your "unknown heath risks" is a bit silly. We know, from decades of studying cannabis users that no one has ever died or been noticeably harmed from using cannabis. Meanwhile alcohol causes 75,00 deaths a year and it's perfectly legal.