Ehh. It's more of a drivethrough drug that leads to french fries and smoothies. But no I do not think it is a gateway drug in the way it is portrayed to us, not everyone who ever ingests marijuana goes on to harder drugs. Many experiment, but it doesn't mean it will lead to regular use. I think that someone who wants to get high to begin with is going to want to experiment with more than one thing to alter their mind/body/consciousness. I like to think most people are well enough researched that they have a general idea of what they would and would not try.