Prohibition's 1933 Repeal Toasted 80 Years Later on Twitter

Thursday, 05 Dec 2013 11:52 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Thursday marked the 80th anniversary of the end of Prohibition in 1933, and some Twitter users raising their glasses in an online toast were looking forward to the day when marijuana is also legalized.

Spearheaded by supporters of the Temperance movement, the national ban on the sale and production of alcohol began in 1920 when the Eighteenth Amendment went into effect.

For the next 13 years, America was a dry country — at least on the surface. Immediately after the law was enacted, alcohol consumption dropped to about 30 percent of what it was pre-Prohibition.

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But in reality, the underground bootlegger market was booming with help from organized crime. Indeed, over the next several years the alcohol consumption level topped out at about 70 percent pre-Prohibition levels, according to a 1991 study by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

With support from President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prohibition was officially repealed Dec. 5, 1933 when Utah became the 36th state to adopt the 21st Amendment, which nullified the Eighteenth.

Celebration was widespread, with people parading through the streets.

Twitter users saw the 80th anniversary of Prohibition as more of a moment to campaign for the legalization of pot.

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