The 18th Amendment of The United States Constitution was enacted to prohibit intoxicating beverages, and to regulate the manufacture, use, production, and sale of high-proof spirits for other than beverage purposes.
The Volstead Act provided for the enforcement and investigative authority to the Commissioner of Internal Revenue, subject to the direction of the United States Attorney General.
This website is based on two significant topics relating to America’s “great social experiment” otherwise known as Prohibition. The first point is a historical overview of how prohibition evolved, who the major characters were, the growing religious furor, women’s rights, crime, power, corruption, greed, legislative control… and interesting enough, the many similarities to the current discourse on Cannabis.
The second point was a blatant in-your-face hypocrisy specifically created via the enforcement regulations known as the Volstead Act. The U.S. Treasury Department authorized certain licensed physicians to tenure medical prescription certificates to obtain liquor and alcoholic beverages from a licensed pharmacist. In essence, providing a respectable – and legal – process for the elites, politically connected and congressional leadership to get their booze without fear of arrest. One such authorized pharmacy, Siroda Pharmacy was conveniently located right between the White House and the U.S. Capitol grounds.
Saloons, boozers and the evils of high-proof spirits…GONE!
“Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.”
Ring the Bells… Yes, Ring the Bells…
Clip from PBS film “Prohibition” by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick