Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Why did Prohibition fail? The Hammerheads weren’t tough enough? They didn’t incarcerate enough people?
No. It failed because ordinary citizens resented being told they couldn’t engage in activities that seem normal and harmless, so they quietly rebelled in a nation-wide fit of non-compliance.
Same reason the drug war is failing, particularly the war on marijuana. Repeal federal prohibition. Leave it up to the states. This bill might be a good start.
It’s true – ending the “war” would end the black market, which would give us an opportunity to deal with the chaos on the border and in our inner cities.
Of course, there are wide swathes of our government that profit from that chaos.