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Sober discussion about addiction risks of smoking marijuana

Marijuana can be a gateway to harder drugs. There was way too much giddiness in the media about the first day of legal pot selling in Colorado. Instead of all the happy talk, I think it's time for some sober discussion and a strong dose of education about the addiction risks of smoking marijuana--particularly among young people. It may start out as a party, but it often ends up as something much, much worse.

With the grace of God, I've been clean and sober for over 18 years--a recovery experience that still has me going to a lot of 12-step meetings. And I hear time and again from young people coming into the rooms to get sober how pot smoking led to harder drugs such as cocaine and heroin.

Now, this is anecdotal, and I am not an expert. And I will say that many people can control alcohol or pot or other drugs. But I am not one of them. And I am not alone. Talk to virtually any professional drug counselor, and they will warn that pot is a gateway drug.

Source: National Review, "Enough pot happy talk", by Lawrence Kudlow , Jan 3, 2014

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