From 1920 to 1933 the United States government imposed a nationwide ban on the sale, production, importation, and transportation of alcohol. Fast forward nearly a century and it seems we have learned nothing from the hiccup in our legislation. Much the same way alcohol was banned then, marijuana now faces the same legal opposition -- though we are approaching a wave of change. Below are five of our favorite quotes that sum up the ineffectiveness of prohibition from our cultural predecessors:
"Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded. "
"Prohibition only drives drunkenness behind doors and into dark places, and does not cure it, or even diminish it. "
“Prohibition has made nothing but trouble”
“Prohibition is the trigger of crime.”
"Prohibition? HA! They tried that in the movies and it didn't work”