Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Prohibition Thinking 94yrs Old This Week.

By January of 1919, members of the US temperance movement had been campaigning against excessive drinking for a century. Their efforts resulted in the 18th Amendment, which, when it went into effect in January 1920, prohibited the sale—but not the consumption—of liquor. (Notice the difference? Cannabis is a possession offence, a thought crime!/Blair)  
John D. Rockefeller founded the University of ...
John D. Rockefeller founded the University of Chicago along with the American Baptist Education Society. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Prohibition spawned what John D. Rockefeller called "a vast army of lawbreakers", Bootleggers, rum-runners, and speakeasies took advantage of the guaranteed profits from the dearth of legal alcohol sales,  and the failed ban was repealed in 1933. It lead to corruption of officials, especially law makers and law enforcement. It created the FBI. Once repealed the murder rate plummeted.

We render ourselves stupid if we believe we can arrest ourselves out of the Illicit Cannabis market, and indeed any other drug problem. It ain't going to happen. That Alcohol prohibition only lasted for 13 years is in itself surprising enough, the unintended consequences led to an 'army of womanfolk' mostly those who had asked for it in the first place to regale at its 'deviency amplifying' outcomes and protested prohibitions continuation.

We have been arresting cannabis consumers, who hurt no one but themselves (and even then that is moot) for forty years in New Zealand. And that has saved no one... except drive them to drink!
Prohibition preview with Ken Burns
Prohibition preview with Ken Burns (Photo credit: KCTS 9)

I have partaken in a Sam Adams beer in the "21st Amendment" bar adjacent to the Boston Common and Mass State Legislature. [the 21st repealed the 18th, good law trumpt bad law].

It is worth noting that at the other end of the Common is the Ritz-Carlton Hotel where expensive (inflated)  'imported' scotch whisky was NEVER ILLEGAL. I had a dram of single malt there as well.

You see, it was always about 'othering'. As with today, if you have money you are largely  invisible and can do what you damn well please!

Blair Anderson
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