When our glorious government leaders decided how dangerous booze was for we humans, we saw the era of Prohibition.
|Down the drain ... A police raid in Canada back in the days of Prohibition. Interestingly, the crowd looks rather different in real-life than in Hollywood's depictions. Photo from Wikipedia and the Archives of Ontario, C.H.J. Snider fonds, Reference Code F 1194 S 15000, I0015265. - ville.montreal.qc.ca - archives de l' Ontario|
Wikipedia puts it this way, 'After several years, prohibition failed in North America and elsewhere.
'Rum-running or bootlegging became widespread, and organised crime took control of the distribution of alcohol.
'Distilleries and breweries in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean flourished as their products were either consumed by visiting Americans or illegally exported to the United States.'
'Chicago became notorious as a haven for Prohibition dodgers during the time known as the Roaring Twenties. Prohibition generally came to an end in the late 1920s or early 1930s in most of North America and Europe ...'
Prohibition ended and adults returned to the places where drinks are served. In spite of the grim warnings, society did not break down and marriage still remained popular.
|Back on the front page ... The Times gives establishment's message as the old County Lines hack is resurrected. At least it gives readers a break from another dilemma, the brexit madness.|
Of course, there can be no denying that government has only to deny something humans want, and if law-abiding companies can't provide it, illegal organisations certainly will ... and very lucratively.
The appalling Tricky Dicky realised that only too well and was quick to introduce the idea of drugs as the new forbidden fruit for control.
Every reporter's desire
I've mentioned here before that it became the new hot news in my young journalism days. Write about abuse by drugs and the story was bound to make page one, every reporter's desire.
But later on, thankfully, I wondered about the rush for drugs that in reality I never saw.
The story we were told, that society 'learned', was the harm caused by people who indulged in drugtaking.
I discovered that Nepal's leader didn't agree. Very keen to learn if the promised virtual end of society looked likely, I travelled to Katmandu and other towns in Nepal to learn.
I found that cafes, both smart and modest, offered drugs over the counter. Hash cookies on display went well with coffee, apparently, and if you wanted something stiff to take back to your accommodation, shops very similar to chemist shops, offered the pure stuff.
Katmandu was full of American tourists, of course, and they just about packed the cafes. Did I witness the trouble we are warned about when humans take drugs? Not once.
And in my own city, spotting drunks was not exactly hard to do. It seems strange from all we are told, but I saw nothing like that at all in Nepal.
The old story about 'county lines' is back in the news here today. Shock, horror! Gangs are employing young people to deliver drugs to the provinces.
But the authorities don't ask why there's seemingly such a demand in the countryside as well as the cities. Could it be that humans will find a way to get what they want, no matter what authority forbids?
Possibly authorities might gloat that the unlawful behaviour at least costs drug users a lot of money. But who gets the profit? The State gets only the bill for attempting to enforce the unenforceable. It's the gangs that make the fortune.
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