Prohibition has no upside. It has produced no benefits to us generally, as well as I can tell. Perhaps you can enlighten me.
Prohitibition has, however, produced a great deal of..., ...uh, shall we say..., “collateral damage?” That is to say that it has ruined the lives of lots of people but has not improved the lives of any except those who enforce it, and only because they enforce it.
Prohibition in the United States, along with the American way of using its power and money, has destabilized the government of every country south of us in this hemisphere, and has been a contributing factor in America’s foreign policy club-handedness in most of the rest of the world.
Prohibition has been the seed of most criminal laws passed during the past forty years, which include many restrictions on firearms ownerhip/possession and monetary privacy, and which infect the relationship between you and your doctor.
Prohibition has achieved none of its stated goals, including reduction of rate of use of prohibited stuff and an increase in the average age of first use. It has in fact managed to increase the rate of use of the prohibited substances and to steadily decrease the average age of first use.
Prohibition is provided us compliments of the Republicans and Democrats.