During alcohol prohibition in the 1920s, all profits went to enrich thugs and criminals. Young men died every day on inner-city streets while battling over turf. A fortune was wasted on enforcement that could have gone on treatment. On top of the budget-busting prosecution and incarceration costs, billions in taxes were lost. Finally the economy collapsed. Sound familiar?
If you support prohibition then you've helped trigger the worst crime wave in history and raised gang warfare to a level not seen since the days of alcohol bootlegging.
If you support prohibition you've a helped create a black market with massive incentives to hook both adults and children alike.
If you support prohibition you've helped put previously unknown and contaminated drugs on the streets, and helped to make these dangerous substances available in schools and prisons.
If you support prohibition you've helped create a prison-for-profit synergy with drug lords and terrorists.
If you support prohibition you've helped escalate the number of people on welfare who can't find employment due to their felony status.
If you support prohibition you're responsible for the horrific racial disparities which have bred generations of incarcerated and disenfranchised Afro Americans.
If you support prohibition you've helped evolve local gangs into transnational enterprises, gifted them intricate power structures that reach into every corner of society, helped them gain control of vast swaths of territory, and put significant social and military resources at their disposal.
Prohibition is nothing less than a grotesque dystopian nightmare. If you support it, you must be either ignorant, stupid, brainwashed, corrupt, or criminally insane.
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