The News Tribune featured a lengthy article (10-2) about the debate over medical marijuana. Coincidentally, PBS debuted Ken Burns’ new series on Prohibition this week.
Conclusions: Prohibition was an epic failure that failed to legislate behavior and created institutionalized crime. Alcohol was once available only by prescription for medical purposes, flasks were illegal paraphernalia, and zealots with social and religious agendas tried to impose their ideals on Americans.
If we fail to learn from the very real history of Prohibition, then we repeat it all again with marijuana. Pot only by prescription, drug cartels in Mexico, pipes as illegal paraphernalia and ordinary citizens as scofflaws.
Let’s get smart and stop spending money and resources on policing the use of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes. Everyone will be free to refrain or indulge according to their own beliefs.