The Roaring 20s, nearly a century ago and remembered as prohibition, highlighted the ban of alcohol sales (not the ban of consumption).
What happened? Violence increased, gangs grew, alcohol was poisoned by the government, and dangerous moonshine was being sold discreetly. There was also job loss, tax loss, corruption, and much more. Things seemingly aren’t as wild as they were back then, but still, history has proven that if people want something they are going to find some way to get it, and there can be negative outcomes that come with their actions. When putting a ban in place on something many people use regularly, there is always a risk of what the reaction will be, and how strongly people will fight if they choose to.
During the 1970s, marijuana restrictions were inacted. So, what did our parents do? They had weed imported (got it from people that had it imported), and the weed from other countries was stronger than what they had before. While there was some movement towards the legalization of CBD and cannabis for medical purposes in the late 1970s and 1980s, it remained prohibited on the federal level and only 13 people actually received it for health issues-they lost the use of medical marijuana soon after they gained it.
This new ban has good intentions, and it has the potential to prevent teen smoking and nicotine addiction. Who knows? Maybe it will. But remember this: history tends to repeat itself. If this is the case, this ban does nothing but limit the flavors of JUUL pods available in gas stations across the state. If people want to vape, they will find a way, and it may be more dangerous.
Update: Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Diane Stephens granted a preliminary injunction on October 15th against the flavored-vape ban.