Alcohol prohibition serves as a lesson for our attitude towards drugs

This article was originally posted on TheDial.co but is no longer there. I’ve posted it here for posterity.

“Prohibition worked best when directed at its primary target: the working-class poor.”

“A rich family could have a cellar-full of liquor and get by, it seemed, but if a poor family had one bottle of home-brew, there would be trouble.”

“Although [Warren Harding, US President] voted for Prohibition as a senator, the whiskey aficionado hypocritically kept a fully stocked sidebar in the White House.”

These quotes could just as well be describing the injustice of current drug policy – rather than the failure of alcohol prohibition in North America.

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