Before cannabis was prohibited in the US (and later, Britain), alcohol was banned from 1920 to 1933. This creation of an unmet need led to the sophistication of the American Mafia from street gangs to organized and efficient providers to those willing to pay.

During World War 1, citizens were accused of being unpatriotic by spending money on beer, much of which was brewed by German people.

The following pictures were kindly provided by Claire from the Mob Museum in Las Vegas. More are available on their website.

If at first you don't succeed....

Alcohol prohibition ended in 1933 and is widely regarded a failure.

Enter Reefer Madness.....

And still it continued....

Further Reading (online resource) A Chronology of Cannabis Hemp. Available online at:

Jones, Cefyn (September 2022) Legalisation vs Decriminalisation of recreational cannabis use in the UK? Hemp Hound Agency. Available at: (online resource). Available online at:

Stamp, J. (27 October 2014) Timeline: Marijuana Prohibition in the UK. Cannabis Digest. Available online at:

Or CLICK HERE to go to a YouTube playlist I put together about prohibition.

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Updated: 7th November 2022