Both lessons and parallels can be drawn between cannabis and alcohol prohibition.

It’s not a far stretch of the imagination to envision the days of bootleggers, bottles of moonshine and smoke-filled speakeasy’s and the similarities between today’s legal and illicit cannabis industries. When there is strong demand for any product, a market will develop to create the supply. Whether this market is legal or black matters little to those willing to purchase or provide the commodities in question. Almost 100 years ago, the U.S. government enacted a ban on the production and sale of alcohol that lasted 13 years only to be repealed due to overwhelming public and private insistence. While prohibition on cannabis has lasted much longer, an end is nearing the horizon and lessons learned from the ban on alcohol can provide insight into a thriving industry a century later.


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