Marijuana should be regulated in the same capacity as alcohol and tobacco. As with those other drugs, there are consequences to using marijuana which are more critical in the younger user than in the older user. An informed consumer should be able to use this drug in the same way we use alcohol or tobacco, aware of the risks and benefits of using it. States should be able to regulate and benefit from the sale of this drug the same way they regulate and benefit from the sale of alcohol and tobacco. The gateway drug people should find a study showing the use of marijuana leading to higher rates of hard drug use as compared to alcohol and tobacco.