No, New Hampshire, Cannabis Does Not Cause Heroin Addiction

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Reefer madness is alive and well. The New York Times reported Wednesday that while some Democratic lawmakers in New Hampshire have been pushing for the establishment of a recreational weed market, they are meeting resistance from the state’s two Democratic senators, Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, as well its Republican Governor Chris Sununu, all of whom object to legal weed out of concern that it will exacerbate the state’s opioid crisis.
This is dumb. The “gateway drug” theory that smoking weed leads to hard drug use has never been proven—the vast majority of weed smokers don’t go on to use heroin—and, what’s more, states with recreational and medical cannabis markets do not have bigger opioid problems than states where weed is still

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