December 1933

21st Amendment Ratified, Prohibition Ended


December 5, 2017 marks 84 years since the United States ratified the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and paved the way for the modern three-tier beverage alcohol system.

Regulatory Key Issue - Marijuana

The issues of marijuana legalization, decriminalization and regulation are currently being discussed and considered by the public, advocacy groups and government officials around the country. Supporters on either side of this debate often point out similarities or highlight  differences with beverage alcohol.  While WSWA does not have a position on the core question of marijuana legalization, we do have deep expertise in the structure, management and operational challenges of the three-tiered beverage alcohol regulatory structure- a system  that has proven remarkably effective at addressing the myriad issues that gave rise to Prohibition.

Without a similarly robust system, the marijuana market could present the potential for illicit and unregulated activity akin to that which occurred with alcohol prior to and during Prohibition.  Accordingly, WSWA stands ready to serve as a resource for states in explaining the merits of the three tier system as a  systematic and effective regulatory framework.