Marijuana-is a gateway drug

Must be original and plagiarism free. Please use the attached article and textbook to help answer these questions and any other academic source that I can look up online for FREE!!!!! Please provide the link to all references, this paper should include reference from the textbook plus 3 other academic resources?Also, I do believe that marijuana is a gateway drug, so please use the questions that says YES!!! Lastly, please make sure everything is covered in the grading rubric that is below?

For this Learning Activity, use the information from the assigned reading and your own research to explain whether you think that marijuana is a gateway drug or not. Write a response that supports your opinion in a minimum 6-page essay. Remember to support your opinions with statistics (use NIDA or SAMHSA).

yes?. (use these questions to finish your essay) I do believe it is a gateway drug..Please answer accordingly!!!!

1. Do you think that marijuana use leads to the use of other drugs/alcohol?

2. Explain what other drugs are often used with marijuana. Which drugs to teens and/or adults use after marijuana?

3. Why do you think that marijuana use leads to the use of other, often stronger drugs?

4. How would an addictions professional use this information in his/her work with clients?

This is an essay so be sure you are weaving the answers to the questions into a well-written academic essay. The essay should be 6 pages at least (not including the title and reference page) supported by current research, and formatted according to the most recent edition of the APA manual.

Grading Criteria


Addresses the following:

Part One:

Introduction and thesis statement

Explanation of position of whether marijuana is a gateway drug. Position should be supported by research data (e.g. statistics from NIDA or SAMHSA).

Part Two: (for both options)

If yes

List of other drugs used by teens/adults use after using marijuana. Explanations should include information about type of use, and reasons for marijuana acting as a gateway drug.


If no

Explanation should include reasons for marijuana initiation, frequency and trends of use in the United States, and reasons why it is not a gateway drug.

Explanation and examples of how addictions professionals use knowledge of gateway drugs and marijuana in their work with clients.



Paper includes a title page, introduction with thesis statement, conclusion, and in-text citations and reference page using APA style.

Paper is appropriate in length (body of the paper should be 6-pages, not including the title page or reference page).

Paper includes reference to the textbook and at least 3 other academic sources.


Form and paper use Standard American English including correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation, and complete sentences and paragraphs).

Form and paper are free of typographical errors.

Form and paper include a highly-developed viewpoint and purpose.

Form and paper demonstrate superior organization; communication is highly ordered, logical and unified.

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