When Prime Minister Theresa May had a Facebook Live interview with ITV News, one of the viewers, Emma, who said that cannabis is the only thing that helps her debilitate anxiety, wanted to know why she can’t support cannabis legalization, This was her reply:
The reason I don’t believe in making cannabis use legal is because of the impact I see it having on too many people in terms of the drug use.
What we've seen is stronger forms now being used - I think it can have a real impact on people in terms of their mental health.
But it can also of course lead to people going on to harder drugs.
There's a wonderful woman in my constituency, Elizabeth Burton Phillips who runs something called DrugFAM, which supports families.
"One of her twin sons - they both started on cannabis when they were at school and went on to heroin and one of her twin sons committed suicide. This has a huge impact on families."
The old “marijuana is a gateway drug” has long been one of the main factors among prohibitionists and anti-pot lobbyists alike. The problem is, it simply isn’t true and it has been proven time and time again. In August 2016, the Baker Institute at Rice University concluded a 40-year study which showed alcohol, not cannabis is the real gateway drug. On year earlier, the National Institute of Health in the U.S. published a report that showed cannabis is not a gateway drug, using a study of 15,000 high school seniors and their pot smoking habits. Furthermore, a recent study from November 2016 by the University of British Columbia also showed that cannabis can actually be used as an “exit” drug for much harsher substances including alcohol and opioid addiction. Even the former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has said that cannabis is not the catalyst for harsher drug use. That distinction, according to the AG, goes to prescription opioids.