War On Some Drugs
Sketch of a story
Set in an alternate universe where different drugs are illegal. Reversals; pot, coke, downers, heroin are legal, but not chocolate, alcohol and tobacco. LSD is still illegal – some things are the same in every universe.
A chocolate-pot-sugar cake is also illegal in most dimensions. Chocolate is denounced from the pulpit as the “Devil’s Dung”.
A popular soda is called “Caffee-Cola” for what used to be in it. Ishmael’s sells overpriced gourmet coca-leaf brew to stressed-out office workers.
The main character has a psychedelic hallucination, with visions of gods and monsters, after staying up 4 days on caffeine. A side character shoots up (ho-hum) then lights up (yikes!). “My room-mate’s a smoker!”
Caffeine is smuggled in as an evil white powder; a concentrated drug of abuse, covertly funding reactionary Presidential candidates. Wheeler-dealer “Liv” Puttermore admits to this double-dealing, but challenges our hero to prove it.
At the end, the War on Some Drugs leaves behind its old targets and shifts to banning Rogaine, Prozac, Viagra and RU486.