Marijuana No Longer the Key Gateway Drug

Anecdotal data already indicate that Viagra use leads to pornography, polygamy, and even death. If this trend continues, older people may actually start engaging in sexual activites which don’t even include the missionary position. Considering the absurd position of the DEA on marijuana prohibition, these data should already be more than enough to forever prohibit this evil drug which actually can kill.

New evidence suggests that Viagra is the pill of choice for people using illicit recreational drugs. From the article:

“Viagra has been the number one party pill since it was released,” said Paul Quigley, emergency medicine specialist at Wellington Hospital.

Partygoers report many party pills and illicit drugs make them amorous but unable to perform. They see Viagra and other similar drugs as the perfect finale to their weekend cocktail.

“Most recreational drugs make you very randy but you can’t do much about it,” said Quigley, an expert in recreational drugs. “That’s the standard mix to go out in the evening – to make sure you take some Viagra with you.”

Viagra is a common addition to illegal party pill packs combined with “uppers” for Friday and Saturday night, as well as “downers” to help clubbers sleep on Sunday before work.

Not only might one argue that Viagra is frequently abused by people taking it for recreational use, but it also leads to more dangerous activities. The strength of the DEA argument against marijuana has always rested on the distortion fact that marijuana is a gateway drug. Viagra is much more of a gateway drug, as it is not only associated with the use of hard (no pun intended) drugs, but it also leads to such things as marital enhancement for those with erectile dysfunction and the restoration of healthy sex lives for our elderly. Like marijuana, it must be outlawed today before our society slips into further decay.

Update By Jake Porter: Let’s not forget the government funded Viagra.

32 Comments
  1. According to U. S. District Judge John L. Kane in: “The New Prohibition: Voices of Dissent Challenging the Drug War” edited by Sheriff Bill Masters, our so-called war on drugs began with the passage of the Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914.

    Back then, all types of recreational and self-medicating drugs were legally available on grocery store shelves for pennies per dose, with no questions asked. Back then, about 1.3 percent of our adult population were addicted to drugs.

    Back then, the term “illegal drugs” didn’t exist. Back then, the term “drug related crime” didn’t exist either. Neither did drug lords or even drug dealers as we know them today.

    Today, after 90 years of fighting our so-called drug war, we still have about 1.3 percent of our adult population addicted to drugs.

    And in the process, we have completely wasted more than a trillion dollars and become the most incarcerated nation in the history of human civilization.

    Perhaps we should build more prisons so we can have half of all the prisoners in the world instead of only 25 percent of them like we do today.

    Perhaps we should waste another trillion dollars attempting to nullify the immutable law of supply and demand.

    Perhaps we should criminalize a long list of potentially unhealthy foods–for our own protection, of course.

  2. Give them drugs, let them have STD’s, let the fatherless (and for all purposes) the motherless addicted babies be born and them let the taxpayers take care of the results.

    Let us all pay more taxes to support the addicted homeless, the abandoned children and all those that would rather sit on their asses (or more descriptive, lay on their backs).

    Libertarians sometimes paint themselves in a corner. Legalize drugs but reduce taxes and the welfare system.

    What do we do with the addicts? I wish I had the answer. My gut feeling says to legalize all contraband drugs, even prescription medication, and go for it even to the point of government subsidized drugs by parking semi-trailers in the projects and make the drugs free for the taking. After about 6 months, the drug problem may resolve itself as well as poverty and crime.

    I do not want to discriminate. For those of you with plenty of money, hell, park the trailers in your neighborhoods too. If the children get access to the drugs, so be it.

  3. Interesting article. The gateway theory myth is something which has been dispelled a long time ago, yet people still bring it up as if it were the dead truth.

    To the poster above me, “Julian,” the answer is legalization, but regulated like alcohol. Kids doing drugs isn’t cool. In the field of cognitive psychology, it’s understood that children make billions of neural connections, and lose about half of them by the time they turn 16. During this time, doing drugs can be a serious error for them.

    Now, if drugs were regulated like alcohol, at least there would be a legal place where people could buy what they want and all they’d have to do is show that they’re over a certain age (like 18) to get it. You are right though; poverty and crime would go down as a result. Too bad the current administration is too blind to realize it.

    For more info on this, check out DrexelNORML – http://www.pages.drexel.edu/~dsonorml/

  4. You forgot blindness. I took some one night and when I woke up the TV and everything around it was purple. I found out later that my temporary techno-colored world was a normal side effect. I learned my lesson and will remember that the next time a friend tells me something is “cool.”

  5. Alcohol may be regulated the same with tobaco but trust me it is easy to obtain.

    The same way with drugs. No matter how much you regulate them they are easy to get.

    A drug cop asked me one time how I would pay for rehibilitation once I legalized drugs my answer was I wouldn’t. Churches and private citizens could if they wanted but the taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to pay.

    Drugs are always going to be available, hell half the people I know are addicted to prescription medication if we leagalzie it people quit selling it because there is not profit.

  6. Michelle,

    Was it weed or Viagra which turned everything purple? Never heard of either side-effect — but curious.

  7. You have a good point Jake. Demand for drugs will always be around. That’s why drug dealers keep popping up: there will always be money in drugs so long as they are illegal, simply because demand will never go away.

    Liberal people believe that drug addiction is a medical problem, and should be solved by including legislation in a medical bill that gives them money to deal with addicts. While tax money would be spent, taxpayers would still end up paying less than 7.7 BILLION US dollars per year (http://www.prohibitioncosts.org/index.html). That’s just for marijuana. Imagine if it included cocaine. We’d have more money for education, student aid, tax relief for the poorest families, etc.

  8. Stephen,

    The same way things like tomatoes and other vegetables/fruit are regulated: they’re only regulated for sale with the intent for consumption. If you’re growing legal pot and are selling it, then I’m sure you’d want to follow FDA regulations, but if you’re not selling then they have no jurisdiction.

  9. I wanted to clarify what I said two posts up.

    I meant to say that we’d save at least 7.7 Billion dollars per year.

    Conservatives believe that the drug problem is a moral problem and should be dealt with by punishing people for their moral wrongs. This mindset is costing billions of taxpayer dollars per year, hundreds of thousands of non-violent offenders to go to jail, and contributes to the growing mistrust of our government.

  10. I would have thought that Viagra might have some restorative effect on vision, considering the masturbation myths prevalent when I was but a wee lad. ;)

  11. Derek,

    I agree with half of your point. However, the liberal solution seems to be to tax people for something that isn’t their problem. I see problems with both solutions. The left wishes to control my wallet while the right wishes to control my morals.

    I’d prefer simply to be left alone, where I can control (or take responsibility for) my wallet and my morals.

  12. Ideally, I’d agree that people should be responsible for their own health, money, and morals. If privately funded institutions, and those where the patient pays too, were enough to deal with the addiction problems then there’s no reason to tax people. To be honest, a properly set up legalization/regulation scheme would aim to prevent addiction, therefore lowering costs for everybody involved.

  13. Let me say something that is probably going to be as unpopular here as it is in my dinner circle. My opinion is that if we decriminalize drugs we will have less addiction. Because drugs are illegal, users have to hide their use. Family and friends are not able to intervene until it is too late. The addict has likely lost his employment and fallen behind on regular things like car payments and rents before it is obvious that there is a problem. There will always be people who do too much of something- shopping, booze,gambling or drugs. Only drug addicts have to hide their addictions for fear of prison. Everybody else gets an early intervention.

  14. As an Aussie I am bemused by the moralizing of Americans. It takes longer to get a pizza in Sydney, as opposed to drugs delivered to your door. Oddly, the price for pot in Oz has not increased in 10-20 years. Smack? Don’t make me laugh-I had a friend jailed for drink drive, he picked his habit up from The Man! Naturally he was found dead in a bus stop the 2nd time he was released. Noice one, oinkers! I believe in a total deregulation of drugs, coupled with Primary & Secondary School excursions to visit druggie hospitals and rehab units. As a previous Poster noted, the actual percentage of drug users has not appreciably grown, despite the waste in billions. Note, as a correllary, The Law is corrupted by The Drug War. As example; Fuerza Zeta, the Mexican Drug police on your border, are taking over the trade and shooting US cops and agents. Cops DO NOT make a lot of money LEGALLY! What’s a bloke to do, earning $50K/annum, when offered a million bucks to look the other way? What is 40-50% of Pakistan’s GDP? Burma’s? Afghanistan’s? As for the druggies themselves? Tough titties, to paraphrase the spokeswomen for the Orange People. If one is EDUCATED on the debilities of drug use then one is responsible for one’s actions. I ain’t no bleeding heart and Libertarianism surely is about SELF control. For all of you who can use drugs responsibly, ripper. The price goes down!

  15. Stephen,

    Viagra is the drug that makes everything turn purple; well actually it’s a blue tinge. Viagra is associated with developmental damage to the optic nerve in a condition known as anterior ischemic optic neuropathy. See the following article:

    http://vision.about.com/od/basiceyehealth/qt/viagra.htm

    And it’s known as “blue streaking.”

    Regarding your question about how do you regulate something like a plant? That’s a simple question actually. It’s comparable to “how does one regulate cooks at home from making homemade brownies?” You don’t. That’s the beauty of it, it’s just a plant, it shouldn’t have to be regulated. The solution lies in the industry who does decide to grow and distribute marijuana in bulk form. Imagine for a moment that marijuana was legalized, and the tobacco industry decided to take over the business of growing, packaging, distributing, and selling it in stores such as gas stations and liquor stores. It would be similar to a pack of cigarettes: 20 pre-rolled joints with or without filters. Since they are growing in such large quantities, they could sell an ounce (which is about how much tobacco is in pack of cigarettes) for around $5 a pop. As a consumer of marijuana, would you grow your own or simply spend $5 on a product that’s going to last you more than 10x longer than a pack of cigarettes (because smokers of marijuana consume far, far less than a tobacco smoker).

    It’s also comparable to alcohol. You can make your own at home, but how many people honestly do that? Not many. Sure, you would have “micro-growers” who sold unique strains and types of marijuana for a higher price, but most people would just get a pack from the store. Less hassle, less fuss.

    It’s the exact same concept. And lastly, you are forgetting one key feature here: the rule of prohibition. Have you already forgotten the alcohol prohibition and what happend with that? You simply cannot legislate morality. People will and do continue to smoke, snort, inject, eat a substance no matter if it’s legal or illegal. There IS a difference between a responsible user and an abuser. If one can safely consume a glass of wine a day and not be considered an alcoholic, then one can certainly enjoy a joint a day (which is rare, most users of marijuana don’t smoke everyday) and not be considered a stoner.

    I don’t see how you can say prohibit Viagra or any drug for that matter while you sit there in your picture with a cigar in your mouth…

  16. Almost forgot. A big “PS” to Derek regarding the $7.7B the US would save. That number is actually off by a longshot. There was a recent letter sent to the President, Congress, Governors, and State Legislatures by 500+ economists endorsing the legalization of marijuana. While their study claims a savings of $7.7B a year, it fails to factor in the amount of money saved from agencies such as the DEA and local enforcement. You would also see revenues of $2.4B+ if marijuana were taxed like normal consumer goods, and in increase in over $6.2B if taxed like alcohol and cigaretts. You can read the entire letter here:

    http://www.prohibitioncosts.org/endorsers.html

    The reason I said the US would save more than $7.7B is because you are not adding federal, state/local, et al into the equation.

    On the federal level, the US spends (as of today) $18.2B; at the state and local level, the US spends (as of today) $27.9B. You come to a total (as of today) of $46.1B. Also, it fails to address the money saved on not having to arrest users. Considering over 700k people are arrested each year for marijuana POSESSION ALONE, that’s a huge savings right there. Currently, there are 634,791 (as of this post) cannabis arrests.

    Conclusion: not only would the US save well over $50B a year, but it would also generate anywhere from $2-12B; and that number does NOT include the revenue generated from hemp, which is also illegal in the country because the DEA fails to recognize the difference between hemp and marijuana. Same plant, different uses. One gets you high, one gives you a headache and no high at all.

  17. Eh, I guess one more response. I noticed you said that marijuana is a gateway drug. Do you have any evidence to support this?

    While it is true that most users of “hard” drugs such as heroin, LSD, and cocaine have used marijuana, the same cannot be said for most marijuana users. Over time, there has been no consistent relationship between the use patterns of various drugs.

    The following is taken from the following source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Household Survey on Drug Abuse: Main Findings 1990; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Preliminary Estimates from the 1993 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse.

    “As marijuana use increased in the 1960s and 1970s, heroin use declined. And, when marijuana use declined in the 1980s, heroin use remained fairly stable.

    For the past 20 years, as marijuana use-rates fluctuated, the use of LSD hardly changed at all.

    Cocaine use increased in the early 1980s as marijuana use was declining. During the late 1980s, both marijuana and cocaine declined. During the last few years, cocaine use has continued to decline as marijuana use has increased slightly.”

    In 1994, less than 16% of high school seniors who had ever tried marijuana had ever tried cocaine; the lowest percentage ever recorded. In fact, as shown below, the proportion of marijuana users trying cocaine has declined steadily since 1986, when a high of more than 33% was recorded.

    Taken from the following source: Johnston, L.D. et al, Monitoring the Future, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (1994).

    High School Seniors, 1975-1994, Proportion of Marijuana Users Ever Trying Cocaine:

    1975: 19%
    1976: 19%
    1977: 20%
    1978: 22%
    1979: 25%
    1980: 27%
    1981: 28%
    1982: 27%
    1983: 28%
    1984: 29%
    1985: 31%
    1986: 33%
    1987: 30%
    1988: 26%
    1989: 23%
    1990: 22%
    1991: 22%
    1992: 18%
    1993: 17%
    1994: 16%

    Your claim is faulty, for there is no relationship between the use of marijuana and other drugs. One could even examine other countries where marijuana is basically legalized, such as the Netherlands.

    Taken from the following source: Cohen, P.D.A., Cannabisgebruikers in Amsterdam, Jaarbeurs Congrescentrum Utrecht (1995).

    “In the Netherlands, for example, although marijuana prevalence among young people increased during the past decade, cocaine use decreased—and remains considerably lower than in the United States. Whereas approximately 16% of youthful marijuana users in the U.S. have tried cocaine, the comparable figure for Dutch youth is 1.8 percent.”

    As well, this tidbit taken from the following source: Leuw, E. and Marshall, I.H. (eds)., Between Prohibition and Legalization: The Dutch Experiment in Drug Policy, Amsterdam: Kugler Publications (1994).

    “The Dutch policy of allowing marijuana to be purchased openly in government-regulated ‘coffee shops’ was designed specifically to separate young marijuana users from illegal markets where heroin and cocaine are sold.”

  18. Not only does Uncle Bush subsidize chemical penis pills, but they spend taxes removing safer natural aids, that could also raise taxes. Perpetuating Prohibition Pays.
    DdC

    The ‘Virtues’ of Ganja
    WHEREAS, according to the National Institutes of Health, an average of 317 Americans die annually as the result of alcohol overdoses; and
    WHEREAS, there has never been even a single fatal marijuana overdose recorded in the medical literature, as noted by the British Medical Journal in September 2003; and
    WHEREAS, according to U.S. Department of Justice, “About 3 million crimes occur each year in which victims perceive the offender to have been drinking at the time of the offense. Among those victims who provided information about the offender’s use of alcohol, about 35% of the victimizations involved an offender who had been drinking”; and
    WHEREAS, extensive research, documented in official reports by the British government’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs and the Canadian Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs, among others, shows that — unlike alcohol — marijuana use is not generally a cause of violence or aggressive behavior and in fact tends to reduce violence and aggression;
    WHEREAS, it is the intent of this ordinance to have the private adult use and possession of marijuana treated in the same manner as the private adult use and possession of alcohol;

    Metro Ad Campaign Features Marijuana, Sex & Taxes
    Washington — Marijuana, sex, taxes and kids are the themes of an advertising campaign launched this week in Washington, D.C. by Change the Climate, a non-profit organization that uses outdoor advertising to educate people about marijuana issues.

    Istook the Constitution and Set it on fire!
    The Washington Post December 09, 2003
    If Rep. Ernest J. Istook Jr. (R-Okla.) was incensed about poverty, injustice and other important issues facing this country instead of grinding his teeth about an ad on Metro [“Marijuana Ad on Metro Infuriates Lawmaker,” Metro, Dec. 3], the country and his constituents would be better off. Further, his press secretary is wrong about Metro promoting an “illegal activity.” The ad doesn’t say to grow, sell, buy or use marijuana — activities that would be illegal. The ad asks people to lobby for legalization and taxation of marijuana, both processes that continue to be legal in the United States.

    Marijuana: the ultimate sex drug by Chris Bennett 11 Jan, 2000
    Excerpt: The origins of sexual marijuana use are bound up with the fertility rites that accompanied early agriculture. In the hunter-gatherer phase of human existence, shamans used imitative magic to draw herds of animals to the hunting ground by dressing in animal heads and skins for ritual dances. When humanity made the transition from hunter-gatherer to farmer, this same logic was applied to the planting of crops, and thus the agricultural cycle was imbued with symbolism and accompanying rites.

  19. Higher Logic:

    The entire article was sarcastic. My record on medical marijuana should be abundantly clear – if in doubt, just google it.

  20. Stephen:

    *pulls a Homer* Doh! I guess I didn’t pick up on that, it was late when I read the article through the RSS feed. Still, it’s nice to have that information out there :)

  21. Just a couple of things.

    Wasn’t it stated that in …., since de medical marihuana law, the overall useage amoung youngsters dropped for the first time since 5 or 10 years?

    Next to this, I’d like ANYONE to give me a medical benificial character of Alcohol. (So not, That it helps you through your relationship problems. Loser).

    Quoting a previous ‘poster’. There are NO records of anyone dying from an overdose of Marijuana.

    You want to remained lied to by your government? Fine!

    BUT GOD MADE MARIJUANA!

  22. 2 cents of Majuana

    After reading your strange ramblings, I want to know where you got that stuff you are smoking. Must be some good stuff. Maybe you can share it with the rest of us.

  23. Well Julian, and others

    Even though I might have gone off the wall a bit, and some of you won’t understand what I mean, i have to say i’m a bit dissappointed that you are missing the point.

    And the point was printed in capitals.

    People do not seem to realise that this is NOT just about pot. Ancient history has already shown us the benificial workings of marijuana. and also recent studies again prove that Marijuana is a healthier drug of choice.

    Meaning; “keep up popping those chemical pills you fools!”

    You can NOT fobid Nature to grow!

    Study shows a sharp decline in teens smoking marijuana in states, including California, where the drug is legal for medicinal purposes.

    By Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer. http://www.times.com

    Is what I meant.. And anyone involved in this industry, OR concerned about the subject should know this or shut up.

    And then there is the issue hemp.

    Not for nothing did People like Jack Herer and Ben Dronkers wage a 100.000$ prize for the person that could contradict their statement;

    ‘If the greenhouse effect were to be reversed by a ban on all fossil fuels and their derivatives, or if their use were to come to an end, and no more trees were allowed to be felled in order to prevent further deforestation, then there would be one natural resource able to supply the greater part of the world’s demand for products such as paper, food, textiles and construction material. This annually renewable resource can also provide energy to the industry, transport and the home. Meanwhile, the soil and the atmosphere on Earth can be restored and pollution reduced. This sustainable resource does it all at one time and is an old acquaintance: cannabis – hemp.’

    You are a consumer, retailer, manufacturer, banker, politician, journalist, human being. If you do not refute the above proposition, taking responsibility for the environment will be your duty too. By effectively supporting hemp as you go. Help HempFlax.

    THIS IS WHY!

    On an annual basis, 1 acre of hemp will produce as much fiber as 2 to 3 acres of cotton. Hemp fiber is stronger and softer than cotton, lasts twice as long as cotton, and will not mildew. Many textile products (shirts, jackets, pants, backpacks, etc.) made from 100% hemp are now available.

    Cotton grows only in moderate climates and requires more water than hemp; but hemp is frost tolerant, requires only moderate amounts of water, and grows in all 50 states. Cotton requires large quantities of pesticides and herbicides–50% of the world’s pesticides/herbicides are used on cotton. But hemp requires no pesticides, no herbicides, and only moderate amounts of fertilizer.

    On an annual basis, 1 acre of hemp will produce as much paper as 2 to 4 acres of trees. From tissue paper to cardboard, all types of paper products can be produced from hemp. Global demand for paper will double within 25 years. Unless tree-free sources of paper are developed, there is no way to meet future demand without causing massive deforestation and environmental damage. Hemp is the world’s most promising source of tree-free paper.

    The quality of hemp paper is superior to tree-based paper. Hemp paper will last hundreds of years without degrading, can be recycled many more times than tree-based paper, and requires less toxic chemicals in the manufacturing process than does paper made from trees.

    Hemp can be used to produce fiberboard that is stronger than wood, lighter than wood, and fire retardant. Substituting hemp fiberboard for timber would further reduce the need to cut down our forests. Hemp can also be used to produce strong, durable and environmentally-friendly plastic substitutes. Thousands of products made from petroleum-based plastics can be produced from hemp-based composites. Mercedes Benz of Germany has recently begun manufacturing automobile bodies and dashboards made from hemp.

    It takes years for trees to grow until they can be harvested for paper or wood, but hemp is ready for harvesting only 120 days after it is planted. Hemp can grow on most land suitable for farming, but forests and tree farms require large tracts of land available in few locations. Harvesting hemp rather than trees would also eliminate erosion due to logging, thereby reducing topsoil loss and water pollution caused by soil runoff.

    Hemp seeds contain a protein that is more nutritious and more economical to produce than soybean protein. Hemp seeds are not intoxicating. Hemp seed protein can be used to produce virtually any product made from soybean: tofu, veggie burgers, butter, cheese, salad oils, ice cream, milk, etc. Hemp seed can also be ground into a nutritious flour that can be used to produce baked goods such as pasta, cookies, and breads.

    Hemp seed oil can be used to produce non-toxic diesel fuel, paint, varnish, detergent, ink and lubricating oil. Because hemp seeds account for up to half the weight of a mature hemp plant, hemp seed is a viable source for these products.

    Just as corn can be converted into clean-burning ethanol fuel, so can hemp. Because hemp produces more biomass than any plant species (including corn) that can be grown in a wide range of climates and locations, hemp has great potential to become a major source of ethanol fuel.

    Literally millions of wild hemp plants currently grow throughout the U.S. Wild hemp, like hemp grown for industrial use, has no drug properties because of its low THC content. U.S. marijuana laws prevent farmers from growing the same hemp plant that proliferates in nature by the millions.

    From 1776 to 1937, hemp was a major American crop and textiles made from hemp were common. Yet, The American Textile Museum, The Smithsonian Institute, and most American history books contain no mention of hemp. The government’s War on Marijuana Smokers has created an atmosphere of self censorship–speaking of hemp in a positive manner is considered taboo.

    United States Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp, used products made from hemp, and praised the hemp plant in some of their writings. Under the laws written by today’s politicians, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson would be considered a threat to society–they would be arrested and thrown in prison for the felony crime of growing plants.

    No other natural resource offers the potential of hemp. Cannabis Hemp is capable of producing significant quantities of paer, textiles, building materials, food, medicine, paint, detergent, varnish, oil, ink, and fuel. Unlike other crops, hemp can grow in most climates and on most farmland throughout the world with moderate water and fertilizer requirements, no pesticides, and no herbicides. Cannabis Hemp (also known as Indian Hemp) has enormous potential to become a major natural resource that can benefit both the economy and the environment.

    ———————–

    As last. Just a personal question. Can anyone tell me why in a state like, lets say, Arizona, there is not a solar panel on EVERY ROOF of EVERY HOUSE??

    Is the only reason that the electricity companies bought those rights? or the selling rights?

    Did that go the same as with Henry Fords car?

    My apologies for the long post, however i feel the need of educating people on this subject.

    “PT”

  24. 2 cents on Marijuana

    I just lit my bong. I will now try to read what you wrote. Smoking pot and being high may help me sort out your philosophical ramblings. If one round with the hemp is not enough, I will keep smoking until what you have written is crystal clear. Once it is, I will pass it along.

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