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News (Media Awareness Project) - New Zealand: PUB LTE: Prohibition Doesn't Work
Title:New Zealand: PUB LTE: Prohibition Doesn't Work
Published On:2011-10-05
Source:Gisborne Herald (New Zealand)
Fetched On:2011-10-07 06:01:38

Mark Twain is reputed to have said: "History doesn't repeat itself,
but it does rhyme." With respect to the legislation on cannabis,
history is coming eerily close to outright repetition.

In the United States, an attempt was made early last century to curb
alcohol consumption by prohibiting its production, sale and
distribution. The effect was a massive upsurge in organised crime and
violence, with little effect on consumption. After more than a decade
of this stupidity, Prohibition was discontinued.

One would like to think that our politicians had read some history,
but it appears most have not. We are making the same mistake with cannabis.

Martin Hanson
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