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History and Context, by Steven F. Groce, Attorney

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) Physicist and Professor, Nobel Prize 1921
SOURCE: "My First Impression of the U.S.A.", 1921, Albert Einstein.
Later published as "Some Notes on my American Impressions" in The World As I See It (1949)
Original quote again:
"The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the Prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this."

Einstein wrote this quote in response to the passage of The Eighteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution which established the Prohibition of Alcohol in the United States, with the law taking effect January 17, 1920.

Just as we have seen into the present day, from the continuing Prohibition of Marijuana, after the passage of the 18th Amendment in 1920, the People's demand for Alcoholic beverages of all kinds continued, and was not abated, just as it has continued following the Prohibition of Marijuana. The Prohibition law only made Criminals of everyone, including anyone who produced it, supplied it, not to mention every person and every citizen who consumed it. As a result, Law enforcement, the Courts, Prisons and Jail houses were completely overwhelmed. Prohibition became the cause of great corruption among the Police and all Law enforcement; and just as it has done with the continuing Prohibition of Marijuana today, a tremendous increase in organized crime, the Mafia, the Al Capones and all others who could make a profit on the illegality. Based on all of the problems that Prohibition caused, and the demands of the people for its end, the Prohibition of Alcohol ended in 1933 with the ratification of the 21st Amendment which repealed the 18th Amendment.

Einstein was not just smart, he was brilliant! Born in 1879, he is perhaps best known for his famous equation: E = mc2, basically a formula for the Equivalence of Mass and Energy. It essentially states that Energy equals Mass times the Speed of Light squared, which he derived from his Special theory of Relativity, which dates from 1905. Prohibition of Alcohol started in 1920. Albert Einstein was being awarded a Nobel Prize for his work in Physics in 1921. Despite being a Physicist, who was on the cutting edge of science, as well as a Professor, Einstein was also a Philosopher, and a great thinker about life in general, which is why he felt that it was important to express his thoughts regarding the Prohibition of Alcohol, and the effects of Prohibition in general.

Unfortunately, the lessons of history from the Prohibition of Alcohol did not last for long. Federal Prohibition of Marijuana started (only 4 short years later) in 1937. Once again, it is also obvious that the words of one of the most brilliant men in history, are so applicable and on point, to the very letter, when we consider the effects of the Prohibition of Marijuana. Our government has definitely lost some of the prestige given to it by the people, as well as respect, by taking away our Freedoms and Liberties. And, as Einstein said: "It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this." Not only has there been a direct increase in crime as a result of individuals profiting off of the Prohibition of Marijuana; but our government has made criminals out of otherwise law abiding citizens simply because one chooses to exercise their Rights, Liberties and Freedoms. It is time for our government to not only recognize the Rights of "We the People of the United States," but also for We the People, to take back the Liberties and Freedoms that were intended by the Founding Fathers of our great Country.
Steven F. Groce, Attorney

Steven F. Groce, Attorney, Life Member Attorney for NORML

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