Laws Don’t Stop Vice

Despite many billions spent on law enforcement and on other measures to reduce the drug problem in the USA, substance abuse, smuggling and dope-selling continues, effectively unabated. This is due to people’s desire to get high. Srila Prabhupada explains in Srimad Bhagavatam (4.20.21) how the Indian government realized its impotence to stop alcohol consumption in Maharashtra, as well as the potential profit if they sold it themselves. He writes: “Just today we have seen in the newspapers of Bombay that the government is going to repeal its prohibition laws. The government failed to change the hearts of the citizens from indulging in sinful life, so instead of losing the taxes they collected to inflate the treasury, they have decided to manufacture liquor to supply to the citizens who hanker after it.”