Congress certainly overstepped it’s authority when it banned “Intoxicating Liquors”. More egregiously in 1917 it passed the 18th Amendment which trivialized the Constitution. It repealed the 18th Amendment with the 21st Amendment in 1933 ending 26 crazy years in America.
Prohibition increased and expanded organized crime and created underground smuggling networks because the people refused to stop drinking and many started drinking as an act of defiance. Prohibition was a catastrophe just like the Drug Laws.
Crime rates soared under Prohibition as gangsters, like Chicago’s Al Capone, became rich from a black market for alcohol. The federal government was incapable of stemming the tide: enforcement of the Volstead Act proved to be a nearly impossible task and corruption was rife among law enforcement agencies. In 1932, wealthy industrialist John D. Rockefeller, Jr. stated in a letter:
“When Prohibition was introduced, I hoped that it would be widely supported by public opinion and the day would soon come when the evil effects of alcohol would be recognized. I have slowly and reluctantly come to believe that this has not been the result. Instead, drinking has generally increased; the speakeasy has replaced the saloon; a vast army of lawbreakers has appeared; many of our best citizens have openly ignored Prohibition; respect for the law has been greatly lessened; and crime has increased to a level never seen before.”
Congress again overstepped it’s authority in banning drugs. That ban has had the same disastrous effects as PROHIBITION did with alcohol.
If people are convinced drugs are dangerous they will stop taking them. The government prohibition of drugs has increased their popularity just as the stupid ban of alcohol did. In addition to overstepping it’s authority government itself has expanded because of the illegal laws. It’s time for people to educate themselves about the dangers of drugs and to stop taking them on their own. It’s time for government to get out of a business they should not have gotten into in the first place.