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  •  A few weeks ago, someone here was going (3+ / 0-)
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    off about how stupid people were for voting down a tax on soft drinks in their area....then talking about how great it was that people did vote down a tax on foo-foo coffee drinks.

    It's always been this way in the US since states first started outlawing opium dens while allowing the sale of laudanum over the counter.  It wasn't the drug, it was the Chinese.

    What gets banned is almost entirely based on ethnicity and class.  Cocaine was banned in the South way before it was banned on a national scale, because African-American sharecroppers used to use it during the plowing to get through.

    When they finally got prohibition passed, it was largely on the back of hate for Catholics and Eastern Europeans.  The driving argument in the public was to shut down the pub and taverns where those men congregated.

    Overall, even though these laws tend to be written broadly, law enforcement does a good job of making sure they're used to hit the intended targets.

    "I read New republic and Nation/I've learned to take every view.." P. Ochs

    by JesseCW on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 02:41:41 AM PST

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