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              Food Chain Radio Show #976

Michael Olson, Author & Urban Farming Agriculturalist

         PROHIBITION

Why do we prohibit substances we do not want prohibited?

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 To increase their value  To eliminate them

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Guest: Bryce T. Bauer, Author, Gentlemen Bootleggers

Our two great experiments in prohibition, the Volstead Act of 1920 and the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, proved to be monumental failures, at least to their stated intentions.  But that is where the story gets interesting.

Michael Olson Food Chain Radio hosts Bryce T. Bauer, Author, Gentlemen Bootleggers. Photo by Kayo - Members of a local Marijuana Eradication Team on their watt to the harvest.  Sinsemilla Technique

Michael Olson Food Chain Radio hosts Bryce T. Bauer, Author, Gentlemen Bootleggers. Photo: Kayo – Members of a local Marijuana Eradication Team on their way to the harvest. Sinsemilla Technique

Rather than eliminating alcohol and cannabis, as were the stated intentions, the Volstead and Marihuana Tax Acts, by restricting access to substances many wished to have, increased their value and lead to the development of economic food chains that relied solely on the prohibitions for their maintenance.

In the 1920’s entire communities relied on “bootlegging” alcohol from stills in the countryside to thirsty drinkers in the city.  This activity became so popular it spawned its own sport, stock car racing, that thrives to this day as NASCAR.

Today the economies of many rural communities in the U.S. are maintained by the price supports of cannabis prohibition.  Because of that prohibition, a plant that formerly sold for a few dollars per ton now sells for thousands of dollars per pound.  And the plant can be grown almost anywhere, in almost every environment, so long as its growing is kept secret!

The monumental failures of these prohibitions, at least to their stated intentions, lead us to ask…

Why were substances as popular as alcohol and cannabis selected for prohibition?

Were the stated intentions for the prohibitions the real intentions?

Why do why prohibit substances we do not want to have prohibited?

Tune in here, for the syndicated Food Chain Radio Show #976 Live on July 26, 2014 Saturday 9AM Pacific 

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Michael Olson's LAWS OF THE FOOD CHAIN:

#1 Agriculture is the foundation upon which we build all our sand castles.

#2 The farther we go from the source of our food, the less control we have over what's in that food.

#3 Cheap food isn't!

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