America's alcohol prohibition lasted 13 years, filled the country's prisons, inspired contempt for the law among millions, bred corruption and produced Al Capone. What it did not do was keep Americans from drinking.
America's marijuana prohibition drew into its 72nd year this month. It has created a huge underground industry catering to users, helped the U.S. prison population balloon into the world's largest, and diverted the resources of American law enforcement. What it has not done is keep Americans from using marijuana.
Speaking of which, Weeds doubles as a case study of dramatic depictions of teenagers having sex, which you can apparently get away with on premium cable, but which will not in a million years squeeze an R rating out of the MPAA. Silas, now 17 (almost 18) hooks up with the neighborhood boy's mom. The camera pans past Shane, 13 or 14, in bed, beginning to reach into his shorts while looking at naked pictures he's found of his mom. (And the bed starts to rattle before we cut away.) It makes American Pie look like Saved By The Bell in comparison.
That said, is anyone selling poster-sized enlargements of Shane's pictures? Or at least a coffee table book? :-)