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More moderate Prohibition

SenatorChickpea

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It’s also somewhat unlike the War on Drugs (in the states, at least) in that vast parts of the government really didn’t give a shit about enforcement. I know that we all think of Elliot Ness and Smedley Butler and G-Men and whatnot, but part of the reason prohibition fell apart was the extent to which even the actual Volstead agents were on the take.
 

Charles EP M.

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If you can get a just-these-drinks ban in due to handwavium and this is fine for most people and the main consumers for the banned stuff are the wealthy & connected, prohibition in America's probably still going on now and violating it is probably treated the same as the 'right sort' of students smoking pot.

Would this go on to influence how drugs are handled?
 

Nyvis

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If you can get a just-these-drinks ban in due to handwavium and this is fine for most people and the main consumers for the banned stuff are the wealthy & connected, prohibition in America's probably still going on now and violating it is probably treated the same as the 'right sort' of students smoking pot.

Would this go on to influence how drugs are handled?
Imagine the same applied to drugs with a ban on perceived upper class & hard drugs but cannabis with regulated low concentration being accepted?

Though it's not guaranteed that's the lesson people learn.
 

Charles EP M.

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Could we look at this empirically by comparing county-level bans, some of which survived into the 90s?
Hell, the dry counties are still going in some places now. (I have in-laws in Alabama and until a county voted to go "wet", there was a ban on selling or buying it - but if you brought it in from elsewhere, that was fine.)
 
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