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The "Noble Experiment"...

Shamans note for "spiritus fermenti", (whiskey)

On January 20, 1920, in an effort to improve public health and fight illegal happenings, the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution made all importing, exporting, transportation, sale, and making of liquor illegal. The sudden halt in the supply of liquor while a steady demand remained simply pushed sales underground, making more problems. As bars and saloons shut down, illegal speakeasies sprang up behind them. Bootleggers and violent organized gangs made huge profits selling illegal liquor, while dishonest authorities were paid off to look the other way. Drinking of improperly made liquor such as "bathtub gin" could often reulted blindness, paralysis, brain damage, even death. Despite all of this, people actually drank more. Beer had to be drank in large quantities, so many people switched to hard liquor, or even drugs, that may not have had Prohibition not happened. Prohibition, the "noble experiment" had failed. Finally, in 1933, the Twenty -First Amendment passes, ending prohibition. Regulation of liquor and beer is handed over to the states, resulting in the wide variety of regional laws that we see today. Prohibition still goes on today, however, only now it is referred to as the "War on Drugs", and is working just as well, if not worse. Drugs are still readily available as use rises, while huge profits are made by gangs selling and importing right under the noses of dishonest authorities. Why not regulate and tax drugs the way we do liquor? People who want to will always drink and do drugs, so why not generate some revenue to offset this? Think about it.