A friend of mine pointed out to me that today is the anniversary of the end of prohibition of beer so many decades ago (In the U.S.) Obviously, this is something we should all be happy about, only bad things happened during the prohibition of alcohol and people had access to it anyway (except that the high prices funded organized crime instead of the public trust through taxes).
I like to take holidays celebrating the legality of alcohol as an opportunity to reflect on the stupid, pointless and destructive laws we still suffer against regarding drugs less dangerous and more fun than alcohol. Marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms, for example, are completely non-lethal (unlike alcohol), not chemically addictive (and mushrooms aren’t even really psychologically addictive) and don’t make people into violent jerks like alcohol does, yet they remain illegal because a minority of our society cares about what the rest choose to do with those substances.
They are natural organisms designed by [INSERT DEITY] and springing from the earth, but which are illegal to cultivate, a crime against nature and ourselves. I look forward to a time when we can celebrate the day that crime could no longer depend on the masses consuming something safe for their paycheck, until then I’ll just thank my lucky stars I live in a country and province that are sane towards these substances, if inconsistent (by which I mean that we the majority aren’t in direct danger for our habits like we could be in more paranoid and anal-retentive societies, despite the official illegality of our actions).
[Illustrational photo by ashergrey]