Alcohol Prohibition Didn’t Work, Nor Will It for Cannabis | MassRoots

An Ohio woman, new to cannabis activism, recently proclaimed that “the prohibition days are over.” About 460,000 Americans currently incarcerated for nonviolent drug offenses may disagree, but we are beginning to see cannabis prohibition weakening, and it looks familiar.Prohibition isn’t limited to substances like alcohol or cannabis. As a species, we’ve tried to prohibit religions, race, knowledge, music, clothing and words. All of those attempts at prohibiting a specific thing have never solved the intended problem, because the problem is usually complex and requires a multifaceted solution.But we keep trying. And we are reminded again that prohibition does not work.The prohibition of alcohol represents the U.S. previous attempt at banning a widely-consumed substance. As with all of the aforementioned objects of prohibition, the roots of alcohol prohibition stemmed from an effort at fixing broad social issues, usually wrapped in a religious or moral judgement. According to an analysis by the Cato Institute, the prohibition of alcohol was meant to, “reduce crime and corruption, solve social problems, reduce the tax burden created by prisons and poorhouses, and improve health and hygiene in America.”

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