Richard Cohen: pot a gateway drug to cigarettes, which will kill you


The always peculiar Richard Cohen, columnist for the Washington Post, is out with his weekly musing. This time, he’s explaining the dangers, or rather, his personal aversion, to marijuana:

Nothing I saw [in the news media] mentioned why I, for one, will not smoke marijuana. I’m afraid it would lead me back to cigarettes. …

And when I see kids on the street smoking, flipping off health concerns with the arrogance of youth, I want to slap them silly or, at the least, delay their walk with a lecture on what the surgeon general has found. But mostly I want them and everyone else to ask how we can have a national debate on marijuana and ignore the annual mountain of cadavers from smoking cigarettes. It, for sure, is a gateway drug — to an early grave.