Twenty-First Amendment

   Passed on 20 February 1933 and ratified on 5 December 1933, the Twenty-First Amendment repealed the Eighteenth Amendment and so ended prohibition in the United States. The amendment was ratified directly by state conventions, the first time such a device had been used since the approval of the Constitution itself. The vote for delegates in favor of repeal was approximately 73 percent of votes cast. Control of alcohol after 1933 became a state issue rather than a federal one.
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   Passed by Congress 20 February 1933; Ratified 5 December 1933.
   Section 1. The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.
   Section 2. The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use there in of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.
   Section 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by conventions in the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.

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