In Making Case For Drug Prohibition, Obama Administration Claims Alcohol Prohibition Worked


If history doesn’t support your agenda, then change history. That’s how the Soviets did it.

In reaction to the almost comical viral videos this week of Congressmen Jared Polis (D-CO) and Steve Cohen (D-TN) grilling the DEA chief Michele Leonhart over her agency’s marijuana policies, Republic Report took a look at the DEA’s official policy papers on the subject.

We found that the agency released a report along with a police union in 2010 detailing the many reasons why we should celebrate America’s experience with alcohol prohibition. A section devoted to “Popular Myths About Drug Legalization” claims that alcohol prohibition was wildly popular and that the ban on alcohol consumption had nothing to do with the spread of the mob.

Here’s a screenshot from the report. It really has to be read to be believed:

Alcohol prohibition failed because Americans never really wanted to stop drinking alcohol. After watching the cost of enforcement skyrocket, and alcohol-related crime along with the, the nation finally came to its senses.

And while organized crime existed well before alcohol prohibition, those syndicates were put on steroids when given the opportunity to service the largest black market that had ever existed in the country to that date.

The simple truth is that prohibition is failed policy. Where there is demand, there will be supply. Where there is prohibition there will be a black market, the blood ramifications of which will be far less than the problems related to legalization.

To quote Thomas Jefferson, “I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.”

By the way, anyone wanting to access some in-depth knowledge of what really happened during the prohibition days (and not the government-revised version) I recommend Ken Burns’ recent documentary on the subject. It’s free to watch for Amazon Prime customers.

Rob Port

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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