Happy Repeal Day!

It was 79 years ago today that the legislatures of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Utah each ratified the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, which repealed the 18th Amendment, which had ushered in America’s failed experiment in alcohol prohibition. Technically, Prohibition itself didn’t end until April 1933 when the Volsted Act was formally repealed, but it still strikes me as a good day to have a drink in celebration:

H/T: Lawyers, Guns, and Money

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Doug Mataconis
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Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020.

Comments

  1. Neil Hudelson says:

    Utah eh? Surprising.

  2. Ron Beasley says:

    I’ll drink to that and look forward to the day I can smoke to that!!!

  3. Ron Beasley says:

    @Neil Hudelson: Not really, the main reason it was repealed was the Federal, State and local governments needed the tax revenue.

  4. Richard Gardner says:

    Tomorrow weed becomes legal in my town, though growing it and selling it still aren’t. I still won’t light up, but medical MJ has become such a joke might as well open it up to everyone.

    Drinking a Louis Jadot Pouilly Fuissse (chard)

  5. Scott says:

    @Ron Beasley: True. One of the groups most favoring repealing prohibition was the wealthy. Led by Pierre DuPont, they so hated the Federal Income Tax which was put into place to replace the taxes on alcohol that they put a lot of money and time into repeal.

  6. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Scott:

    Led by Pierre DuPont, they so hated the Federal Income Tax which was put into place to replace the taxes on alcohol that they put a lot of money and time into repeal.

    And look at what it got them.