Category: Politics

Responses to Arguments against the Minimum Legal Drinking Age

The federal government is spending taxpayer money in a political campaign to defend the minimum drinking age. “Responses to Arguments against the Minimum Legal Drinking Age” is by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). In it, the the federal government identifies arguments against the minimum legal drinking age. It then suggests counter …

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Local Option in Kentucky: Wet or Dry?

Local option in Kentucky permits voters to choose wet or dry for their areas. That is, they can vote on whether or not to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages locally. The cities of Barbourville and London both recently voted to permit alcohol sales. But two counties, Butler and Graves, chose to remain under prohibition. …

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Maine Law: First State Prohibition in U.S.

In 1846, Maine passed the first state-wide law in the U.S. prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages. Only alcohol made for industrial or medicinal use could legally be sold. But it was not the famous Maine Law. I. Maine Law In 1851, the Maine Law went into effect. It was officially titled  ‘An Act for …

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Cullen-Harrison Act: Early Start on National Repeal

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The U.S. passed the Cullen-Harrison Act before it repealed National Prohibition of alcohol. People widely thought that ratifying the proposed 21st Amendment to repeal National Prohibition might take years. I.  Support for Cullen-Harrison Yet there was strong support to legalize beverages with a low alcoholic content. There were several main reason for this. First When …

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Andrew Volstead: Tool or Dedicated Prohibitionist?

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Andrew Volstead is best remembered as the author of the Volstead Act. It is officially the National Prohibition Act of 1919. The Volstead Act was very important. It enabled enforcement of the Eighteenth Amendment. (That’s the “Prohibition Amendment.”) I. Volstead-Wheeler Dispute However, it appears that the author of the bill was largely Wayne Wheeler. He …

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