This is a fairly harmless substance when compared to alcohol. Providing an alternative to alcohol that is legal will help curb use of dangerous opioids and other harmful substances. By removing the illegal method of acquisition marijuana loses its ability to be a “gateway drug” as people disconnect it from criminal pathways it will prevent introduction of more dangerous substances. Any substance can be a gateway drug for an abuser. In current medical practice treatment for substance abuse is about treating the emotional issues that fuel the abuse as much as abstinence as a practice. Legalization will allow control and capital to build in the long term.