Understanding the Constitution – 21st Amendment

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Consitution of the United States and Feather QuillPassed by Congress: Feb 20, 1933

Ratified: Dec 5, 1933

21st Amendment

Section 1: The eighteen article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.

This amendment ended Prohibition.  It overturned the 18th Amendment.

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.

This section gave the states the right to continue to pass law concerning the use and distribution of alcohol in their states.

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.

This section simply put a 7 year time limit on the ratification of the amendment by the states.  If not ratified within 7 years it would have become void.

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