December 15, 1919: On this day, the Supreme Court upholds the national prohibition. An intense lobbying organization known as the Anti-Saloon League, directed by the organization’s senior lawyer, Wayne B. Wheeler, conceived the National Prohibition Act, also known as the Volstead Act. This act was created to allow for the implementation of the amendment. The legislation classified intoxicating liquors as having more than 0.5% alcohol by volume, despite the statute’s phrasing that was difficult to understand. Additionally, it created the framework for the federal and state governments to be responsible for prosecuting lawbreakers. In October 1919, the veto of the measure issued by President Woodrow Wilson was quickly overturned by Congress. The Supreme Court of the United States of America was asked to rule on the legality of the new legislation and the amendment itself in a series of cases known as the “National Prohibition Cases.”
December 15, 1936: On this day, U.S. Code-Title 27 – Intoxicating Liquors was enacted. Initially set to prohibit the advertisement of liquors was applied later on to wines.
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