OpEdNews » The Government’s Shameful War on Marijuana Users
History is replete with examples of governmental attempts to modify human behavior by imposing prohibitions. All attempts failed, most of them miserably.
In the 16th century, coffee was banned in Egypt and supplies were burned. Coffee consumption increased rapidly.
In the 17th century, the Tsar of Russia executed people caught using tobacco. Among unexecuted Russian citizens, tobacco usage increased.
Similar results obtained when tobacco usage was banned in Bavaria, Saxony and Zurich. Violators were executed, by order of the Sultan. Among survivors, tobacco usage increased.
In England, the 1736 Gin Act was intended to increase prices to the extent consumption would decrease. General lawbreaking resulted. Gin consumption increased.
In China, a 1792 law required strangulation of keepers of opium shops. Opium usage increased.