I happened to watch the 3-part Ken Burns PBS documentary in recent days simply entitled "Prohibition." It's quintessential Burns. And therefore I recommend it to everyone who has an interest in our history.
And an interest in our present.
If you understand how the federal government tried - and failed - to stop people from drinking booze in the 20's and early 30's, you know how the government's war on marijuana is going - and going to to end.
I read things like this - "Feds crack down on Calif. pot" - and wonder if "the feds" don't have something better to do.
And - big picture - what those feds thought they accomplished.
A significant percentage of America will be breaking "the law" today. And they'll be enjoying doing it. A law that, therefore, serves no purpose.
Give it up. Make it legal. Take the mystique out of it. And let the federal government do what it's better equipped to do.
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Oddly, I read this New York Times article about Burns's documentary in which its columnist, Neil Genzlinger, comes away with a lesson learned too. A lesson he'd have a tough time defending, if you ask me.
Prohibition, to most of us historians, proved to not prohibit anything.
To Genzlinger the lesson learned is this: It's a matter of "extremism that sabotages itself by refusing to compromise." Read John Boehner and his conservative friends.