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One of the most used arguments against the legalization of cannabis for adult or recreational use has been the idea that it serves as a “gateway” to the consumption of harder and more dangerous substances. However, recent studies are demonstrating that this is not the case. In fact, the legalization of cannabis for adult use has not led to an increase in the use of other harder substances. On the contrary, it can even help treat dependence on other substances.

Um recent study conducted by a team of researchers da University of Minnesota, Colorado University e Anschutz Medical Campus, shows that the legalization of cannabis for adult/recreational use did not lead to an increase in the use of harder drugs. The study followed a sample of more than 1.000 cannabis consumers in Colorado, both before and after the legalization of adult/recreational cannabis in the state. The results showed that there was no increase in the use of harder drugs, such as cocaine or opiates, after the legalization of cannabis for adult/recreational use.

The study's findings have significant implications for the ongoing debate over the legalization of cannabis for adult/recreational use. The argument that the legalization of cannabis would lead to an increase in the consumption of harder drugs has been used to justify the continued criminalization of the substance. The results of the study clearly demonstrate that this argument is unfounded, providing support for the legalization of cannabis.

In addition to dispelling the myth of “gateway drug”, the legalization of cannabis for adult/recreational use has several other benefits. For example, it allows the regulation and taxation of the substance, generating revenue for the State and reducing the burden on the judicial and criminal system. It also allows access to a safer alternative to alcohol and prescribed medications, thus reducing the harm caused by these substances.

As more countries look towards legalizing cannabis for adult/recreational use, it is clear that the tide is turning in favor of legalization. With the findings of the University of Colorado study, it is clear that the argument against legalization based on the myth of “gateway drug” was demystified. As the benefits of legalization become increasingly evident, we are likely to see continued growth in the legalization of recreational cannabis in the coming years.

 

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[Disclaimer: Please note that this text was originally written in Portuguese and is translated into English and other languages ​​using an automatic translator. Some words may differ from the original and typos or errors may occur in other languages.]

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