Learning from History: The Pitfalls of Prohibition Then and Now
As we reflect on January 29th, 1919, a pivotal moment in history occurred that would teach us a lesson we seem determined to forget – the ratification of the 18th Amendment, ushering in the era of Prohibition. A mere 14 years later, the United States Government admitted its mistake, repealing the amendment and putting an end to a failed experiment that birthed violence, black markets, and tragedy. Now, over a century later, we find ourselves grappling with a similar narrative in the form of the federal government’s war on drugs, particularly the prohibition of cannabis products. The Libertarian Party urges a departure from the mistakes of the past, advocating for an end to the criminalization of substances. By examining Portugal’s transformative 2001 drug decriminalization law as a model, we can build a compelling case for redirecting our approach toward addiction, treatment, and individual liberty.
Prohibition, born out of good intentions, quickly unraveled into chaos. The 18th Amendment may have aimed to curb alcohol-related issues, but it birthed a massive black market, escalating violent confrontations between bootleggers and authorities. Tho
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