The people of the state of California voted to repeal Prohibition—by margin of over 75%—on June 27, 1933. That decision was ratified a month later on July 24th. California's experience with Prohibition is full of interesting stories, some of which are amusing. During Prohibition, for example, manufacturers often sold grape juice with “warning” labels stating that if the juice were allowed to sit for a specified amount of time, it would become wine with a certain amount of alcohol in it. Because of this, California's grape production quadrupled during Prohibition. For more stories from California's Prohibition era, click on a locale below:

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Kyvig, David E. Repealing National Prohibition. 2nd ed. Kent, Ohio: The Kent State UP, 2000.