Posted by: thescoundrel | May 17, 2010

Prohibition – A Failed Noble Experiment


I don’t consume alcohol, I don’t smoke and I am constantly getting into squabbles with medical professionals over prescription medicines they prescribe for my various aches and pains. My biggest vices are habitually playing Mega Millions Lotto, drinking copious amounts of caffeine-free Mt. Dew & Lemonade,  a crippling weakness for fine chocolate and a never-ending penchant to chase women that are way faster than I am. All of which probably makes the following post seem out of character.

From 1920 through 1933 the United States of America tried a noble experiment by banning the sale and consumption of alcohol. It failed miserably. The liquor industry simply went underground. People that wanted to drink still managed to find alcohol to satisfy their habit. The booze they drank was unregulated in its manufactured quality/safety and the only people and organizations that benefited from the Prohibition of alcohol was the criminals and crooked politicians. The whole era was one of intense criminal activity that created a dangerous environment for the public as well as the honest personnel among the law enforcement and government. Banning the sale  and usage was a far  worse experience than the problems experienced when alcohol was legal. Which brings me to today’s rant.

There is  probably not a person who knows me personally or that has listened to me rant that has not been made aware of my disdain for individuals abusing illegal narcotics. I have had acquaintances, relatives and coworkers that have completely tripped my trigger having to put up with their stoned bodies and minds when they were supposed to be busy living life. Over the years I have seen changes in the way I feel it best to address the problem of illegal narcotics. Heck sometimes I change my assessment daily. The one thing that has become more apparent over the years is that much like the USA previous approach of prohibiting alcohol – the governments prohibition of narcotics has been a similar failure. Illegal drug use  rampant and the only people and organizations benefiting from the current prohibition is criminals and crooked politicians. The public along with the honest people among law enforcement and government all continue to face danger from the criminal elements pushing and using the illegal drugs. Now I do not think that  we can simply legalize drugs to solve the problem. But more and more I think we have to consider some sort of legalization of soft drugs like marijuana, such as California is considering,  as well as some sort of regulated availability of other drugs similar to the way we regulate alcohol and cigarettes.  The more I consider it, the more the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. It will take a huge bite out of terrorist funds and the South American drug kingpins billionaire lifestyle. It will also kick city street gangs and the mafia squarely in the  groin by reducing the drug  markets that make them wealthy. It will allow us to redirect a lot of money now spent fighting illegal drug trafficking into programs similar to those we use to help alcoholics and those addicted to cigarettes. It will also help the country as we can control costs while also  heavily taxing the product as we do other dangerous vices. It is worth a try because the current war on drugs version of prohibition, seems to be a losing cause for the US citizenry and a win-win for the criminal elements – just like the original prohibition of alcohol in the 20’s and 30’s.

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Responses

  1. This is one of our biggest problems that just keeps getting bigger. I agree that legalization isn’t the answer for all drugs but might work with pot. We might even be able to put a dent in the deficit if they taxed pot. It also isn’t a political hot topic so I doubt anything will get done.

  2. […] Scoundrel mentioned one today—legalizing and taxing the bejeebus out of marijuana. […]

  3. It would be hard to campaign on the issue, but it would be a logical thing to do. I’ve favored it for a long time, even though I do believe dope is detrimental to the brain cells. Why do you think they call it “dope”? LOL Of course so is alcohol.

    This could be a huge winner for bringing in revenue, and freeing up the prisons for more serious offenders. But I’d imagine the dealers want to keep it illegal, as do a whole line of officials that get paid off on a regular basis.

    It is even possible legalization would draw some away from harder drugs and heavy drinking. And it would reduce the flow of crime across our borders.

    So $20/pack for Illinois Gold, with $18 of that being profit? And give it to the prisoners to keep them all mellow, instead of pumping them up to be more hardened criminals.

  4. Our founders were well aware of the proper way to deal with vice. They went so far as to state that that is one of the few areas in which our government ought to involve itself.

    Prostitution, gambling, drugs, etc.


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