Garrett Peck on How Not To Legalize a Drug

Imagno/Getty ImagesImagno/Getty ImagesAlcohol prohibition, which started as a "noble experiment" in 1920, ended up rolling out the red carpet for organized crime. Violence wracked cities as criminal syndicates fought over territory while the police force, politicians, and Prohibition Bureau agents were bribed to look the other way. As America approaches the end of marijuana prohibition, Garrett Peck looks back on the 21st Amendment, better known as the Repeal Amendmen, which gave states the authority to regulate alcohol. While it eliminated some of the problems of prohibition, it continues to have negative regulatory repercussions to this day. 

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