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, United States (USA) (American Colonies) - 1920 - January 17 - Prohibition goes into effect on January 17, 1920, under the provisions of the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution.


'Cans' and 'Can'ts' of Amendment
Dry Amendment 'Cans' and 'Can'ts'

Here are some of the things you can do under a prohibition amendment and title 2 of the Volstead enforcement act, effective at 12:01 a.m., Jan. 17:

YOU CAN possess and drink intoxicating liquor in your own home or the home of a friend where you are a bona fide guest.

YOU CAN buy intoxicating liquor on doctor's prescription - if the transaction is a bona fide medical one. One person limited to a pint every ten days.

YOU CAN consider as your home any rooms, hotel, apartment house, boarding house or club where you live permanently, but not transiently. If you own more than one private dwelling, you can drink and keep liquor in each.

YOU CAN keep liquor in any storage room or locker of your home, including a club. If the storage room or locker is for the exclusive use of yourself, family and bona fide friends.

YOU CAN get a permit to move your liquor when you move your place of residence.

YOU CAN manufacture, sell or transport liquor for non-beverage or sacramental purposes if you get a government permit to do so.

YOU CANNOT manufacture, sell, barter, transport, import, deliver, export, furnish or possess intoxicating liquor for beverage purposes, except that you can possess it in your home.

YOU CANNOT store liquor in any place except your own home.

YOU CANNOT take liquor in packages to hotels or restaurants and drink it in the public dining rooms.

YOU CANNOT carry a bottle under your arm, a number of bottles in a suitcase or a flask in your pocket.

YOU CANNOT ship liquor for beverage use.

The above statements are based upon the law itself and interpretations by government officials. They may be changed in future interpretations.


Ironwood Daily Globe
Ironwood, Michigan
January 16, 1920

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