Thursday, July 26, 2007

The Iron Law of Prohibition

The most notable of those consequences has been labelled the "Iron Law of Prohibition" by Richard Cowan. That law states that the more intense the law enforcement, the more potent the prohibited substance becomes. When drugs or alcoholic beverages are prohibited, they will become more potent, will have greater variability in potency, will be adulterated with unknown or dangerous substances, and will not be produced and consumed under normal market constraints. The Iron Law undermines the prohibitionist case and reduces or outweighs the benefits ascribed to a decrease in consumption.


Blogger nolocontendere said...

Which supposedly justifies the prohibition in the first place, and serves to empower the prohibitionists at the expense of people's fortunes and liberties, and makes a whole lot more money for the prohibitionists who then monopolize smuggling the illegal substances to restricted areas of the planet. Works like a charm.

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