Here's another interesting argument for legalizing medical marijuana: using pot as an "exit drug" in order to break your addiction to more damaging shit.
Aaron Romano is a lawyer who claims one of his clients was using pot as an exit drug when he was arrested back in April for having less than one gram of marijuana. That was a crime under Connecticut's old law, but now that this state has decriminalized anything under half an ounce of pot, Romano is asking that the criminal case against his client be dropped.
The idea of grass as an exit drug isn't that farfetched or new. A 2009 article in the Harm Reduction Journal cited several studies indicating cannabis can help people through withdrawal from more debilitating things like alcohol, nicotine and legal or illegal drugs.
One of those studies was conducted by the Berkeley Patients Group. That research found that 65.8 percent of the 350 patients involved in the study used cannabis as a substitute for prescription drugs, 40 percent as a substitute for alcohol and 26 percent as a substitute for illegal drugs.
"Eighty-five percent of the BPG sample reported that cannabis has much less adverse side effects than their prescription medications," according to that study.
"The substitution of one psychoactive substance for another with the goal of reducing negative outcomes can be included within the framework of harm reduction," the article concluded.