The Case Against Repealing Federal Prohibition The case against repealing federal prohibition right now in my mind is simple. The government will screw it up because it will be pushed by deep pocketed special interests and political motivations. In Canada, a country with myriad laws and levels of governments similar to the United States, legalization was rushed and it’s gonna be a mess. One can only hope that we will learn from Canada’s mistakes. I think a better tack for the short term would be simply to decriminalize and keep the industry in the hands of small businesses within each state. The feds should work on freeing up industrial hemp and cannabis medical research but lay back and watch what happens in Canada for a while. Canada already has run out of pot! Sit back and watch.