I keep hearing that marijuana is a gateway drug. Take a moment to understand why that is. Some will tell you that it sets off a desire to find better and stronger highs. If that were true then the same could be said about nicotine and alcohol. The truth of the matter is that marijuana is considered a gateway drug because it is generally the first contact an individual has with the illegal drug trafficking game. The dealers may carry a variety of drugs that they want to sell to the users. If you remove the illegal drug dealers out of the equation then the gateway drug will transition to some other narcotic. Hopefully a less desirable drug that will not be as wide spread as marijuana.