What a stupid idea it was - that people thought you could actually get away with this. That you could actually ban alcohol... It's a preposterous idea.
We now have movies and shows like "The Untouchables" and "Boardwalk Empire" to show us just how crazy alcohol prohibition legislation and enforcement was in America. Of course, NOW we see it was doomed to fail. But when the nation was 'in it' and trying to 'legislate morality,' the government and people who believed taking sinful booze out of society was in its best interest, people who did not agree (and those who sold and used the then illegal substance) were criminalized.
We are going through something similar now. You see where I am going right? I'm sure Ken Burns thought about it, too. You get it yet?
Okay, watch the trailer and everywhere alcohol is referenced, insert marijuana. Hmmmm.
Should be good watching. Catch the PBS doc on Netflix anytime!
KEN BURNS PROHIBITION (NETFLIX)