Prohibition has never solved a single problem.
Prohibition has also never actually worked to do anything but breed inequality and allowed the belief in the “undeserving” poor to exist. These are the “bad” ones. The ones that questioned, or just disregarded authority and didn’t care about respectability. We don’t have to care about what the state does to them. And so the police state is born on the back of hate and racism because it’s ok that police beat and kill and imprison blacks, hippies and latinos for “coloring outside the lines”. Essentially, I gave up my “whiteness” in exchange for being a full member of the human race. I lost my whiteness by not leaving behind my 60’s radicalism and continuing down that civilly disobedient path well past the time when ordinarily most people have given up their ideals. It’s no surprise at all to me that I ended up in prison.
Starting on November 14th 1991, I began a sentence of nearly 6 years (5 years and 8 months to be exact) in federal prison, and 4 years on supervised release so that’s really 4 months shy of ten years as an inmate in the federal prison system.
While I was in prison, I made alcohol upstairs in the plumbing shop where I worked as the clerk and the emergency plumber for $35 per month. We used tomato juice, orange juice, grape juice, etc. and unbaked bread dough for yeast. In the winter we froze it for extra kick. I traded this alcohol for weed and so I wasn’t completely without medicine while I did my time for cultivating marijuana and distributing LSD. I don’t personally like alcohol but I’m ok with most people who do. There are always going to be idiots unfortunately, and there is nothing I can do about that.READ MORE »