Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Facilitate Responsible Cannabis Use
Several papers pointed to marijuana as a gateway drug, allegedly eliciting the use of dangerous drugs like cocaine (MacCoun’s paper being one of them). Although it’s not unusual for heavy drug users to have smoked cannabis first, experts say it’s not enough to implicate marijuana as the root cause of the perilous chain reaction.
A recent peer-reviewed study published in the Journal of School Health also points out that some of the pro-gateway theories do not consider other factors such as where the users got their marijuana. In contrast, legal medical marijuana dispensaries make drug abuse almost impossible as dispensary systems like MedBox are designed to restrict the amount of marijuana distributed per patient.