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Medicinal Liquor Prescriptions Act of 1933

Medicinal Liquor Prescriptions Act of 1933
Great Seal of the United States
Long titleAn Act relating to the prescribing of medicinal liquors.
NicknamesNational Prohibition Act Amendment of 1933
Enacted bythe 73rd United States Congress
EffectiveMarch 31, 1933
Public law73-6
Statutes at Large48 Stat. 23
Acts amendedWillis-Campbell Act
Titles amended27 U.S.C.: Intoxicating Liquors
U.S.C. sections amended27 U.S.C. ch. 1 §§ 1-3
Legislative history
  • Introduced in the Senate as S. 562 on March 28, 1933
  • Committee consideration by Senate Judiciary, House Judiciary
  • Passed the Senate on March 29, 1933 (Passed)
  • Passed the House on March 30, 1933 (Passed, in lieu of H.R. 1718)
  • Signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 31, 1933

Medicinal Liquor Prescriptions Act of 1933 is a United States federal statute establishing prescription limitations for physicians possessing a permit to dispense medicinal liquor. The public law seek to abolish the use of the medicinal liquor prescription form introducing medicinal liquor revenue stamps as a substitution for official prescription blanks.

The Act of Congress amended Title II - Prohibition of Intoxicating Beverages as enacted by the National Prohibition Act of 1919. The alcohol prohibition law, better known as the Volstead Act, was amended twelve years before by the 67th United States Congress authorizing dispensary restrictions of ethyl alcohol by druggists or physicians. The public law was entitled the National Prohibition Supplemental Act of 1921.[1]

The 72nd United States Congress pursued passage of a medicinal liquor regulatory bill ahead of the March 4, 1933 Congressional session expiration. House bill 14395 went before the United States House of Representatives on February 25, 1933 resulting in a one hundred and sixty-eight to one hundred and sixty narrow margin vote.[2]

Senate bill 562 was passed by the 73rd U.S. Congress and enacted into law by the 32nd President of the United States Franklin Roosevelt on March 31, 1933.

See also

Denatured alcohol
Distilled beverage
Emory Buckner
Excise tax in the United States
History of alcoholic drinks
History of medicine in the United States
History of pharmacy in the United States
Mint julep
Rectified spirit



  1. ^ "National Prohibition Supplemental Act of 1921 ~ P.L. 67-96" (PDF). 42 Stat. 222 ~ House Bill 7294. Legis★Works. November 23, 1921.
  2. ^ "H.R. 14395 - Prescribing of Medicinal Liquors ~ Vote #118". GovTrack. February 25, 1933.

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