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The “Tradition” of Prohibition Timeline as an ASCII Graphic [Updated]

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 - 5:13 pm

In case you thought Drug Prohibition was a time-honored tradition which should go on in perpetuity you should probably see an overview of how long it’s been a “tradition.”

Drug Prohibition is a recent man-made tradition which has lasted only a fraction of the time humans have been around.

[Update — lines were changed to be 50 years instead of 100. Errors were fixed. A few more time references were added.]

Below is a graphical representation of a few things at once:
. One Year
| Oldest Known Cannabis Use
+ Jesus on Earth
= Prohibitions, beginning with the Harrison Narcotics Act, then alcohol, etc…

Notes:

  • Each dot (.), plus (+), or equals sign (=) is one year.
  • Each row is 50 years.
  • Time is up-to-and-including the current year, 2013.
  • BCE - Before the Common Era, also known as BC
  • CE - Common Era, also known as AD
  • Time starts from 2,700 years-ago — oldest known site where cannabis was buried with a human. (789 grams = 28 ounces = 1.74 pounds)
  • To keep things simple we will round the average best guesses of both the youngest and oldest ages of Jesus, (32+43)÷2=38 (Born 7-2 BC — Killed 30-36 AD) Setting his birth year at 4 BC and crucifixion at 33 AD.
  • 70 AD, Jewish Temple Destroyed
  • 1776, signing of the Declaration of Independence.
  • The Harrison Narcotics Act was enacted with just two weeks left in the year, so the year is rounded to 1915. (Download Licit & Illicit Drugs by the Consumer Union to learn more.)
  • This graphic is constructed from the most basic set of characters so it can be pasted in emails or used elsewhere without the need of fancy computer knowledge.

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Using the Jewish calendar in which the year 2013 is really the year 5773 we have the graphic below:
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Why is this piece titled the “Tradition” of Prohibition? Because some people think human traditions are sacrosanct and that it’s blasphemy to question them or oppose them. In fact the opposite is true: Drug Prohibition is itself blasphemy of God.

As you can see, Drug Prohibition has been around for a very short period of time. This does not mean, as some Prohibitionists will claim, “give it a chance.” It’s had a chance! ONE HUNDRED YEARS!!!

The more accurate interpretation is that somehow society existed for MANY THOUSANDS of years without Drug Prohibition and its inevitable and needless: deaths, pain, shaming, stigma, murders, poisons, robberies, political corruption, judicial corruption, law enforcement corruption, corporate corruption, financial disasters, religious corruption, etc…

We must STOP PROHIBITION IMMEDIATELY! Join Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Today

In conclusion, please pray for the Prohibitionists, they ensure their own destruction and are trying to take everyone else down with them!