I think a lot of america has been getting an education on prohibition, and its failures, via Boardwalk Empire. And more specifically, how it contributed to a drug being adulterated, often with deadly results, and how it fueled the rise, power, wealth, and violence of organized crime.
Now- here is a question- How is it that the prohibition of a drug- namely ethanol, either required control by individual states- or required a constitutional ammendment to be banned nationally- when no such action, nor debate, was required to ban cannabis, or any other illicit drug?
As Edmund Burke had said: “Those that don’t know history are destined to repeat it”. And it seems to me this is exactly what has happened. The drug war, despite 15+/- billion of federal dollars per year, plus 25+billion by the states, and over 1 1/2 million arrests- many for simple possession.
Prohibition has had little, if any effect on supply or demand. It has led to drugs being heavily adulterated- often at great risk to the end user. (research levamisole in cocaine or PMMA in “Ecstasy” for just a couple of examples). It has also given a huge amount of money to gangs, cartels, and other organized crime involved in the production, distribution, and supply of these drugs. Along with the violence and corruption this has bred.
We learned a lesson with alcohol in just under 15 years. Why are we being so stupporn, or stupid, with other drugs?