One would think the lessons of Alcohol Prohibition would be obvious, that outlawing a commodity there is great demand for only empowers those people ruthless and determined enough to supply that need. As long as there is legal prohibition of drugs, there will be a black market drug trade which will remain extremely profitable, tax-free, and powerful. As the trade flourishes the cartels buy off more and more law enforcers.
Bootleg liquor magnate Al Capone had such a grip on Chicago’s police and politicians during the roaring 1920s it took the US FBI to put even the slightest dent in Capone’s alcohol empire. But the FBI couldn’t completely destroy the illegal alcohol trade. After 13 years, citizens got so fed up with the endemic corruption and violence resulting from Alcohol Prohibition it was repealed, in 1933.