Marijuana has long been called a gateway drug, but is it possible that the drug could help save people from the growing opioid epidemic? (Photo: iStock)

Is marijuana a gateway drug to the harder stuff, like opioids? Or is it, in fact, a safe high that actually discourages folks from seeker bigger drug kicks?

A new poll cited by The Hill suggests the latter. The survey of 1,000 U.S. adults was conducted by YouGov and found that, while only a slight majority of Americans support total pot legalization, less than a third believe marijuana users are at risk for graduating to the harder stuff.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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