Prohibition’s “War on Alcohol” began in 1920 with the 18th Amendment and ended in defeat in 1933. It cost millions and brought an era of lawlessness and corruption. Since legalizing the sale of alcohol, we have gained billions in taxes for our federal, state and local governments.
Our “War on Drugs” once again is costing us billions and brings lawlessness and corruption. It’s time to admit defeat, legalize drugs and apply the lessons learned from Prohibition. Millions in taxes will provide treatment and education programs, significantly reduce our prison population and fund many needed programs.
I fully realize that this proposal is anathema to the vast majority of politicians, police and plain people. However, the “War on Drugs” has not appeared to reduce the drug scourge. So, let us take the profit out of the hands of criminals and put it to the profit of the people!