I think it's a gateway because it's sold by criminals and criminals sometimes want to push more expensive drugs. It's just as illegal to carry meth or crack and more profitable. So the illegality of pot creates channels for harder drugs that pot dealers end up incentivized to push if they're extra unscrupulous.
While I'm sure there are some drug dealers who consider themselves the Wal-mart of illegal substances, the typical pot dealer (who is very likely young, male, middle class, and suburban) is probably not also dealing in meth and crack. I mean, the typical pot user has next to nothing in common with the typical meth addict or crack addict.
And I don't think the typical business man is Bernie Madoff either.
I was responding to the gateway idea.
The average pot dealer seems to be pretty average.
But you get enough of these people used to unscrupulous or illegal channels and you do wind up with SOME who start holding other, harder drugs. I think pot is only a gateway drug in that its illegality creates contraband distribution networks that also funnel other drugs and funds terrorism.
Not your average pot dealer. But the infrastructure created by "bootlegging" pot creates inroads for the more unscrupulous pot dealers and drug traffickers.
Legalize pot and I think you'll see a decline in the accessibility of harder drugs and a decline in financing for terrorism. Because those people are piggybacking off the fringes of illegal pot distribution.
These are hyperbolic statements and if you're talking about the best use of limited resources, expending millions of dollars on prosecuting people for an innocuous substance like marijuana isn't one.
You've also got to consider all the people in jail just for weed and the tremendous damage it does to their lives and our horrible prison system, as well as the courts. Sure would be nice to clean a lot of that up.
Yeah, but the typical pot dealer is BUYING the drugs from someone, who (at least back home, and as well here in Sydney) is usually bikie gang related. I made the big mistake of going on a pickup run with a friend once, and ended up in a southern ontario bike gang clubhouse. NOT THE PLACE YOU WANT TO BE. He just wanted pot (and he was fairly high up on the food chain, and parcelled off and sold what he got to other typical dealers) but the coffee table covered in Coke? Yeah. They sold a lot, and they control a lot of the drug industry.
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