Prohibition isn’t over…but it should be

By William R. Toler

Eighty years ago, Congress decided to appeal a constitutional amendment with another constitutional amendment ending the nationwide ban on alcohol. mj

The thirteen-year dry spell is known as and referred to as prohibition. And that ended.

Well…sort of.

Alcohol now freely flows in most cities and towns, except for those localities that still remain dry. (Ironically, the Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg, Tenn. is, or was, located in a dry county.) The only major prohibition is on the purchase age and times, which also vary.

It’s also illegal to manufacture liquor, a tradition that predates the founding of the country. Moonshining has been especially popular in North Carolina, with booze-running leading to the creation of stock-car racing. Making your own beer or wine, however is okie dokie with the men who write words on paper to attempt to control everyone else.

While it took a constitutional amendment to ban the sale and manufacture of alcohol, other substances have been easier to make “illegal.”

Starting in the 1930s, a long-running prohibition of cannabis has been in effect, leading to an exponential growth in the prision population for vicitmless crimes.

Despite its myriad of uses (treating pain and other ailments or being used industrially), some men decided that they knew better than God and decided to make a plant “illegal.”

At present, nearly half of the states recognize the medical benefits of cannabis. In 2012, the people of Washington and Colorado voted to “allow” recreational use for adults.

However, the federal government continues to crack down on grow operations and dispensaries in spite of the choice of the people. Late last month, federal agents (with cooperation of local police) conducted a massive raid in Denver.

Many people have lost their liberty and their lives because of the prohibition of this plant. And what strikes me is that many proponents of the ban are God-fearin’….people who believe God created everything.

So my question is: if you truly believe that God created everyting on this planet with a specific purpose, than who are you to declare that one of his creations should not be utilized to the benefit of mankind? Who are you to declare a creation of God “illegal?”

Many of those people believe using this plant is “immoral.”

Is it moral to lock peaceful people in cages over a creation of God? Is it moral to aim a loaded assault rifle at a 12-year-old girl because her father grows a plant to help people?

Hopefully next Dec. 5 we can celebrate the end to another prohibition.

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