The End Of Prohibition?


Here’s the cover of this month’s New York magazine declaring the “End of Prohibition,” a reference to the vote by multiple states to legalize marijuana use.

There’s a lot of irony in that cover.

Yes, America seems to be moving to a more permissive legal attitude with regard to marijuana. That’s a positive development, though the federal government continues to insist that they’ll arrest those using, selling, growing or distributing the drug.

But prohibition, specifically, is alive and well in America. Marijuana is increasingly legal, but nationally smoking bans and other restrictions on tobacco use get more and more restrictive. In places like Chicago and New York local officials are working to ban fast food restaurants. In New York, the metropolis after which New York magazine is named, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been leading an prohibitionist charge against sugary drinks and salty foods, even going so far as to institute a ban on large-size soft drinks.

It’s a testament to our often schizophrenic society that, even as we move toward legalizing drugs that have long been illegal, we’re moving toward more government regulation of our lifestyles in general.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • kevindf

    Smoking seems to be at odds with Obamacare. Maybe it’s because Obama is a long time puffer.

    • Spartacus

      fluffer too.

    • Snarkie

      Kevin only smokes hot dogs.

  • banjo kid

    Seems odd that they allow one to partake of the MJ by smoking it but will not allow one to sit on the street corner and smoke a pall mall ?crazy is as crazy does . Whats next; legalize drinking while driving ?

    • kevindf

      I remember when it was legal, at least in a couple of states. When I lived in NC in the early eighties convenience stores had big tubs of ice water with cans of beer for sale.

    • The Fighting Czech

      last visit to Texas,..( I was there before the Feds lowered the limits to .08) there was no such thing as “open container” violations It was actually pretty nice. you could actually stop at the store for cold one for the drive home. and no one cared. Just dont cross that point 1 mark…..

    • Roy_Bean

      We must not have a right to be protected from 2nd hand marijuana smoke.

      • Rob

        Second hand tobacco smoke is ok. Second hand marijuana smoke is different. Because liberals like marijuana but not tobacco.

        • Snarkie

          Liberals like marijuana but not tobacco. You talking about LIKWIDSHOE?

        • Roy_Bean

          It’s because not all democrats are pot heads, but all pot heads are democrats.

  • Lynn Bergman

    Just what we all need… pot-heads driving stoned in addition to drunks. I experienced stoned drivers in Monterey, California while in the army… they are very dangerous!
    Don’t tell ME there won’t be MORE stoned drivers in the states that legalize MJ; I’ve been around the block.

    • Rob

      Lynn, everyone who wants to use marijuana is already buying and using it.

      Prohibition isn’t accomplishing anything.