Prohibition Ruins Lives

Prohibition Ruins Lives

In 2012, Colorado citizens voted to repeal cannabis prohibition with Amendment 64, and the early results have been promising. Violent crime decreased by a modest two percent, and the state saved tens of millions with 84 percent fewer arrests for cannabis possession. The plummeting arrest rate also means fewer people are having their lives ruined—jail time, criminal records, legal costs—from non-violent cannabis offenses. Despite expectations to the contrary, traffic accidents in the state even declined. Ending prohibition also helped protect the Centennial State from civil forfeiture, an unjust law enforcement strategy to seize possessions without convicting or even charging people with a crime. The so-called “police for profit” seizures allow law enforcement to take computers, televisions and even homes from people they merely allege committed a drug crime, and the officers commonly get to keep or sell the items and retain a portion of the proceeds. While legalization might not be good for private prison lobbyists, it certainly helped countless people in Colorado whose lives might have otherwise been ruined by prohibition.


The Start of Cannabis Prohibition

Anti-Cannabis Propaganda

Wacky Wiley

The Muckrakers!

The Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906

Less Spending, More Revenue

Should Cannabis be Legal?

Cannabis Prohibition: Founded 112 Years Ago Today

Paying Off Congress to Legalize Cannabis

Nixon vs. Shafer Commission

Nixon vs. Lennon

Prohibition’s Racist Roots

Cannabis and the CSA

The Substance Schedules

The Prohibitionist "Prisoner" Theory