Prohibition and Amendment 64

Marijuana Amendment 64

People attending an Amendment 64 watch party in a bar celebrate after a local television station announced the marijuana amendment’s passage, in Denver, Colo., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Courtesy of the Huffington Post

Isn’t it interesting to think that it was once illegal to drink alcohol- illegal for a man to go grab a beer for with his buddies, for a family to share a nice bottle of wine during the holidays.  In the past, people had many misconceptions about alcohol, and since then public opinion has changed.  Slowly but surely, opinions about the legalization of marijuana are beginning to change, much like the opinions during prohibition did.  Marijuana also has many misconceptions associated with it, much like alcohol did- how it correlates to increased crime, how it is a stepping stone to other drugs, or even how it may lead to the legalization of harder drugs.  As of yesterday’s elections, marijuana is becoming legalized on a state level.  This demonstrates that the legalization of marijuana is not an absurd request.  In fact, it is a decision that can be beneficial to the economy, the government, and the society.


3 thoughts on “Prohibition and Amendment 64

  1. I would never have thought to compare the legalization of Marijuana and prohibition. Are you going to continue to compare the two in your paper? I would be interested to see the different levels getting rid of prohibition and the legalization of marijuana relate.

  2. I think you are spot-on to link prohibition of all mood-altering substances. The history of regulation of alcohol, marijuana and other drugs (nicotine,caffeine) are likely linked to core issues of economics, imposed morality, and government power.

    Last Call is a great resource to look at that period. THe author has done interviews on NPR or Fresh Air too. For example, wine and beer were outlawed, but not the hard cider that mostly Protestant farmers made throughout the Midwest. Moreover, the social movement that spawned Prohibition was linked to suffrage and abolition, two causes most of us support now.

    Now, whether or not legalization is a net gain for society may still be an open question. The experience of the Netherlands should be interesting.

    Make the captions less ugly, ok? You can just say courtesy so and so and make the whole image link tot he actual URL. Then your captions can be better.

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