As Gov. Tom Wolf presses for full legalization of marijuana, it’s worth remembering why Prohibition, which banned alcohol production, sales and consumption for 13 years beginning in January 1920, was such a dismal failure.

Although pop culture focuses bootleggers booze and speakeasy society, Prohibition did vastly reduce alcohol consumption. The reason that Congress ended Prohibition in 1933 was to revive the distillery, brewing and wine industries to help generate jobs and government revenue.

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