There are reasonable arguments for somehow changing the approach to drugs made by reasonable people.
This article is not one of them and is more hippy clap trap.
“From 1776 to 1914, drugs were mostly legal on a federal and local level. What was so wrong with that period of time? Alcohol prohibition clearly failed”
Drugs were mainly not invented or discovered nor known or available during most of this time period.
By the turn of the century knowledge of them and their availability had become such that laws in 1906 and 1914 were put in place in reaction.
And prohibition didn’t occur until 1919. The author doesn’t know how to even think straight to make an argument.
Two words, ‘opium dens’.
Opium, cocaine, and marijuana have been used since time immemorial. The active ingredient for cocaine was first isolated and morphine and heroin were invented in the 19 th century. Amphetamines and barbiturates, were developed in that century as well. PCP, LSD, and certain other substances didn’t come along until shortly before the Drug War, so I guess you’re on solid ground there. Otherwise, you are remarkably ignorant.
Just like poverty had become such by 1965 that the War on Poverty was put in place as a reaction?
Any other Progressive ideas you'd like to defend - Prohibition? The income tax?