Constitutional Amendment 21

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Repeal of the Eighteenth (Prohibition) Amendment by Conventions in the States.

(The following proposed amendment to the Constitution, embodied in a joint resolution of the Seventy-second Congress [Senate February 16, 1933, by 63 to 23; House, February 20, 1933, by 289 to 121], was transmitted to the Secretary of State on February 21 and he at once sent to the governors of the States copies of the resolution. The amendment went into effect on December 5, 1933, having been adopted by 36 of the 48 States – three-quarters of the entire number. The amendment is:)

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The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.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 therein 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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