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Repeal of Prohibition anniversary

04-10-2013

Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of Legal Booze in Michigan

Michigan became the first state to repeal prohibition in 1932



Booze always has been a booming business for Michigan. During the days of prohibition an
estimated 75 percent of the nation’s booze originated from Detroit, channeling it from Canada to thirsty Americans across the nation.

 Part of the push for prohibition repeal came from Michigan’s law known as “a pint for a life,” where anyone caught with alcohol on their person and with three previous felonies automatically received a life sentence. In addition, the Great Depression threw Michigan into the throes of unemployment and financial crisis making alcohol tax revenue especially appealing. All of these reasons combined to lead to a vote to ratify the 21st Amendment that was described as 99 percent pure since out 100 votes only one went against the ratification.

In celebration, here are a few quotes on prohibition and Michigan’s thirst for boozy liberty.

“So, we have decided to give up prohibition. We have decided to try personal liberty once more, the personal liberty we had before prohibition.”-  Michigan governor, William Comstock


“Prohibition only drives drunkenness behind doors and into dark places and does not cure it or even diminish it.” –
Mark Twain


“Prohibition has made nothing but trouble.” –
Al Capone

 

Now go celebrate your right to drink with a beer!


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