Rum by Prescription?

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Last updated 12/1/2022 at 4:56pm

Though the end of the prohibition era wouldn’t come until the end of 1933 with the ratification of the 21st Amendment, liquor prescriptions were implemented throughout the country. A Cheney Free Press article details how, with the repeal of certain state liquor laws, medical prescriptions for liquor would become available on Dec. 8, 1932.

However, this wouldn’t “mean a thing” in Cheney, because the “2,000 Foot Law” prohibited the sale or distribution of liquor within 2,000 feet of a normal, reform, or agricultural school. Saloons and “Liquor Emporiums” had to move all the w...

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