Please also provide evidence that marijuana and ritalin are "gateways" to addiction to other drugs.
Go talk to a few hard core addicts. I have talked to a lot of them.
You really don't understand sampling bias . . .
I was a "hardcore" addict and I knew tons of people who did every drug under the sun socially and "responsibly". Smoking crack could always kills you due to some underlying medical conditions, but no, not even crack is a gateway drug or gets people strung out by using it socially.
I've exhaled more drugs than you have ever seen.
Sorry you had to go through that...however, I don't understand the necessity to do drugs "socially".
I'm not picking a fight...I simply cannot understand how anyone can justify social drug use.
We've been told above that it's not for fun, but, escape.
We've also been told above that it's not due to some lack of knowledge of God.
However, if one knows God, one always has hope, no matter how bad things get...therefore, why the need to "escape"?
What's not a drug?
I am not condoning anything, I am just saying let's avoid reefer madness.
As I told JamesR, he shouldn't do most "drugs". The relative good that comes from doesn't offset the suffering IME.
It would be a better world if people didn't binge drink, smoke unhealthly, eat too much (this is what kills more people than most in this country, not liquor or cigarettes), etc.
But I have to say I knew people, many who occasionally used "drugs" for recreation.
I don't understand it. As it was my life, nevertheless they exist.
In my world, the distribution of certain amounts of substances would come with heavy punishment, while the consumption would not. And if someone were shown to be truly addicted that would go to mitigate their punishment in various crimes they committed in the act of being sick.
And I would extend this to food, entertainment, internet use, etc.