(Washington Times) When he was 13, Chris Leibowitz was nervous about trying drugs. But when friends told him marijuana was “natural” and cocaine was cool, he just said, “Yes, I’ll take it.”

Today, at age 25, employed and in school, he is “clean” after years of drug addiction and stints in jail.

“I’m not saying I am a victim of marijuana I chose what I chose,” Mr. Leibowitz said Wednesday at the release of the annual Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey on substance abuse among U.S. high-school students.

But without those early experiences with marijuana, “I would have never gone from playing sports to injecting heroin,” he said. “That never would have happened.”

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