The Repeal of Prohibition: Oregon Wearies of the Struggle

Initiative bill

 

In both 1925 and 1931 the Oregon Legislative Assembly refused to pass bills that would have sent to the voters a call to reconsider statewide prohibition. "Wet" interests finally used the initiative petition to put such a question before the voters in November of 1932. This initiative was passed by the voters, effectively eliminating the state's machinery for penalizing infringements of the prohibition laws (page 1 of vote proclamation ... page 2). In the summer of 1933, the voters repealed Oregon's constitutional prohibition amendment, and shortly thereafter Oregon ratified the 21st amendment to the U.S. Constitution, repealing national prohibition.

This did not mark the end of liquor control in the State of Oregon; almost immediately following the repeal of national prohibition, Governor Julius Meier began efforts that, by the end of the year resulted in the formation of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, or OLCC, which continues selective regulation of liquor manufacture and sales in the state.

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