Even D.A.R.E. isn’t pretending like marijuana is a gateway drug anymore.
The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program (D.A.R.E.), one of the largest anti-drug groups in the world, no longer lists marijuana as a so-called “gateway drug” on its website, as one Redditorrecently pointed out.
The gateway theory basically claims that people who start using “soft” substances, such as marijuana, then go on to use “hard” drugs like heroin or cocaine.
It’s a fairly common argument made to support marijuana prohibition.