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What Did Prohibition Require?

Prohibition in the United States lasted from 1920 – 1933. Its mention conjures up illicit drinking in speakeasies and bloody gangster activities, but do you know what were the official parameters?

The effort that culminated in banning booze in our nation began well before the Civil War (1861-1865). Its proponents were looking to achieve a more moral and productive society, and they thought that keeping people from drinking would solve significant societal ills.

The legislation that resulted in Prohibition was actually quite unsatisfactory to teetotalers (people who do not drink). They saw it as not stringent enough.

At no point during Prohibition was illegal to DRINK alcohol. It was only illegal to make, sell, or transport it. While having a stockpile of alcohol was perfectly legal, however you could not do so at more than 2 residences—and at that one home had to be in the city and one in the country.

There were also medical and religious exemptions. Doctors could actually write prescriptions for booze, and religious leaders could dole it out for official ceremonies.

Plenty of people broke the law to drink during Prohibition, but there were many who imbibed while following the law.

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Booze & Baby Boats

My girlfriend and I recently came into possession of her grandfather’s fishing boat. It’s a sturdy little 14′ aluminum boat with a pull-to-start outboard motor, and we have had a blast taking it out on two quick jaunts.

Boating is new territory for us, and we have saved the boozing for after getting home & tucking it away for the night. As I sat catching up on the mountain of knowledge that facilitates safe & successful boating I asked google what the authorities have to say regarding booze & boating.

Apparently, in the States it is illegal to operate even a kayak under the influence of alcohol.

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Illegal Highland Whiskey in Virginia?

If you make whiskey in America, it is illegal to print the word Highland on the bottle.

Just like France protects the word Champagne from applying to any bubbling wine made outside of the Champagne region, Scotland fiercely defends Scotch Whisky from foreign impersonators.

The Scotch Whisky Association is currently suing the Virginia Distillery Company for its use of Highland on one of its bottles. While the Virginia-based booze-maker transparently points out on its label that it is a blend of Virginia & Scotch whiskies, it is still in violation of U.S. federal regulations.

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Sage Contains More Thujone than Wormwood

Some drinks just get a bad rap—in this case we are talking about Absinthe. Originally, French winemakers launched a smear campaign to convince people that Absinthe made its drinkers go mad!

Next, it started getting outlawed—with the United States being no exception. Recently, the FDA has allowed the sale of Absinthe again in America, so long as the Thujone (which comes from an herbaceous ingredient called ‘Wormwood’) gets removed.

It looks like the hallucinogenic power of Absinthe was probably psychosomatic all along, but the chemical blamed for it originally was that Thujone, which is why it must be removed before Absinthe may be sold to the public. The only thing is, Sage contains more Thujone than the Wormwood used to make Absinthe…