Pubdate: Thu, 25 Aug 2005
Source: Los Angeles City Beat (CA)
Copyright: 2005 Southland Publishing
Note: Also prints Los Angeles Valley Beat, often with similar content, and 
the same contact information.
Author: Kirk Muse
Bookmark: (Methamphetamine)


I'm writing about your cover story: "Faster, Speedfreak! Cook! Cook!" [Aug. 
18]. During the 1960s I worked for the federal government and several of my 
coworkers used amphetamines known as "mini-bennies" or "whites." When these 
products were taken off the market and made illegal, the meth of today was 

Today's meth labs are very similar to the illegal distilleries of the era 
known as the "Noble Experiment." During our alcohol prohibition, thousands 
died and went blind or were crippled for life from what was then known as 
"bathtub gin."

Like the meth of today, the bathtub gin was easily made from household or 
industrial products. Like the meth of today, the bathtub gin was a product 
created by prohibition. Like the meth of today, illegal alcohol could be 
manufactured just about anywhere.

Like the meth of today, Prohibition-era alcohol was of unknown quality, 
unknown purity and unknown potency. When alcohol prohibition ended in 1933, 
almost 100 percent of the bathtub gin producers went out of business for 
economic reasons, and they have stayed out of the business for economic 
reasons. When alcohol prohibition ended in 1933, our overall crime rate 
declined substantially and our murder rate declined for 10 consecutive 
years. Have we learned any lessons?

Not yet.


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