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There is so much speculation around the topic of gateway drugs that just doesn't match my decades of experience as a pot smoker. Sam Kinison, the screaming comedian, performed a classic routine on Saturday Night Live back when crack cocaine first made headlines. The gist of his monologue was that crack was a response to border clampdowns which limited marijuana availability. Since cocaine is more concentrated, it was easier to slip into the country. His punchline, at full volume, was, "Give us back the pot! We won't smoke crack! Just bring back the weed!" Not surprisingly, SNL cut the scene when the show was repeated.
Many pot smokers could relate. We smoke because some kitties like the catnip. Many mammals seek a relaxing buzz. Marijuana provides that.
Sure, I've experimented with much of the pharmacopia in search of the right high, including meth. It was a horrible experience. Other hard drugs, opiates, psychedelics, etc., were also all too strong. Even alchohol (or maybe especially alcohol) is too strong, and too toxic. You can fit a lethal dose of alcohol in a pint glass; there is no lethal dose of pot.
In all my experience, pot dealers rarely stock other drugs, except some psychedelics. And the pusher just doesn't exist. In fact, it can be difficult to make the acquaintance of pot sellers--they are justifiably suspicious of new customers. They don't push--we pull.
I'm almost hesitant to post here, because marijuana doesn't even belong in this discussion. It is to alcohol/meth/herion what coffee is to cocaine.
(Name withheld, for obvious reasons. I can't wait for the day when I can sign my name to this kind of opinion.)
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