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POT: We’re seeing Prohibition, Part II

Letter by Danella E. Donlan, Ruston on Oct. 5, 2011 at 11:35 am with 2 Comments »
October 5, 2011 2:06 pm

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.

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  1. Thanks for your letter!

    The Ken Burns series couldn’t come at a better time. Recently in an interview on KUOW with Burns, host Ken Scher invited Daniel Okrent (Author of Last Call: the Rise and Fall of Prohibition in America) and Seattle city prosecutor and sponsor or I-502, Pete Holmes to join the discussion. The Burns series is based largely on Okrent’s book. They made the historical connection.

    Who wouldn’t? The parallels with the current prohibition of marijuana are patent and unarguable.

    For those wishing to find out more about I-502 and the movement to repeal marijuana prohibition in our state, please visit the New Approach Washington website.

  2. guycasey says:

    No comment,Guy Casey club 420.

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