Kentucky: U.S. Attorney General Admits Marijuana Is Not A Gateway Drug
By Derrick Stanley
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch appeared at a recent town hall meeting in Richmond, Kentucky where she admitted that cannabis is not a gateway drug, probably the most prominent argument made in opposition to legalizing marijuana.
During the town hall meeting, Lynch was asked by a Madison Central High School student whether she believes that the use of cannabis among students will lead to opioid abuse.
“There a lot of discussion about marijuana these days”, Lynch stated. “Some states are making it legal, people are looking into medical uses for it, and I understand that it still is as common as almost anything. When we talk about heroin addiction, we unusually, as we have mentioned, are talking about individuals that started out with a prescription drug problem, and then because they need more and more, they turn to heroin. It isn’t so much that marijuana is the step right before using prescription drugs or opioids.”
Lynch followed up this statement by being a bit more specific; “It’s not as though we are seeing that marijuana is a specific gateway”.
The National Institute of Health published the results of a study in July which agree with Lynch's statement, saying that cannabis use is not directly associated with an increased use of other drugs.
Lynch will be speaking at more than 250 events as part of President Obama’s National Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week.