The Rise And Fall Of Alcohol Prohibition Essay

1762 Words Nov 1st, 2016 8 Pages
Key differences between the production and use of alcohol, cocaine, opiates, and marijuana have led each to be prohibited in the United States at one point or another. In order to truly understand the rise and fall of alcohol prohibition, the continued prohibition of cocaine and opiates, and the slowly surfacing repeal of marijuana prohibition, multiple factors must be considered. The legal, medical, or ethical use of substances by themselves have little power to effect prohibition or permission. More powerful are the drug’s origin of use, evolution into an underworld substance, and affiliation to certain populations. These factors determine public opinion and, thus, the success or failure of prohibition. The popularity of certain substances over others should be examined through the perspective of a world drug market, one that has been established for at least hundreds of years. Spices and coffee, not necessarily considered as drugs now, were once treated as such. Spices of the Middle Ages symbolized the quest for new lands to colonize, and they became addictive, reflecting on one’s ability to consume copious amounts. Coffee gained popularity in the 17th century as the antidote for the sloth and destruction associated with alcohol, increasing productivity and sobriety among previously alcohol dependent people. Of course, with these two particular substances, a lack of correlation between use and potentially detrimental effects by minority groups led to mostly…

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