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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Check Out This Logic

Best example that I've seen recently regarding the fallacy of the gateway drug argument (emphasis mine)

John Horton, a former Oregon prosecutor, said Amendment 44 - which would allow people 21 and older to legally possess an ounce or less of pot - would make marijuana accessible to more people and allow them to fall victim to the highly-addictive and destructive properties of methamphetamines.
"Many meth addicts say they started with marijuana," said Horton. "So I don't think we want Colorado to be a testing ground for new marijuana laws."

With such specific guidelines as "many" and "say", I'm not sure if it's even possible to doubt this assertion. In fact, he makes so much sense I'll throw an idea out there. Mass abortion. No more kids at all. If we just stop all these kids from being born and tasting that first sweet, intoxicating breath of oxygen, we will never again have to worry about them trying heroin, meth, marijuana, cigarettes, foods with saturated fats, video games etc....

More from the Denver Post article

Mason Tvert, campaign director for Amendment 44, said Horton and other officials are using scare tactics to sink the proposal. Recent studies have shown marijuana's status as a gateway drug is overblown and most illicit drug users start with alcohol and tobacco, Tvert said.
He added: "They need to point out to people that there are other drugs out there we need to talk about besides marijuana."

Question: How would those fighting on behalf of the children answer the charge that "most illicit drug users start with alcohol and tobacco"?

While some drugs are a gateway to other drugs, Dr. Murray cautioned parents, cigarette smoking might not always be a predictor of future drug use.
"Mostly, smoking cigarettes is a gateway to smoking more cigarettes," Dr. Murray said.
That's Pamela Murray, chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, speaking at a ONDCP sponsored roundtable event. Article in the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette covering that event can be found here.