Drug Use among a Sample of Federal Drug Crime Defendants: Implications for the Gateway Effect Hypothesis
Pages 133-145

Creative Commons LicenseJohn David Reitzel and Sarah Huggins Scarbrough

DOI: https://doi.org/10.6000/1929-4409.2017.06.14

Published: 01 November 2017

Abstract: This study investigated the association between marijuana first before other drugs and alcohol and later hard drug among a convenience sample of federal drug crime defendants from one federal court in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Results from two binomial logistic regression models revealed statistically significant associations between first use of marijuana and regular drug use and hard drug use, respectively. Findings suggests a gateway effect for marijuana within this sample.

Keywords: Marijuana, Gateway Effect Hypothesis, Federal Drug Crime Defendants, Hard Drug Use, Regular Drug Use.


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