Colorado voted to repeal Prohibition on September 12, 1933. That vote—during which two-thirds of voters chose repeal—was ratified soon after at a convention on September 26. The story below illustrates some of the reasons that may have motivated Colorado voters.

  • In 1931, a twenty year old male was clubbed to death by a Prohibition officer in an altercation over a bottle of wine. Two years later, it was still being disputed as to whether the officer responsible should be tried in state or federal court.


Colorado Asks To Try Dierks, The Washington Post (1877-1954); Oct 3, 1933; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The Washington Post (1877 - 1991),pg. 5

Probe Promised In Smith Death, The Washington Post (1877-1954); Nov 12, 1931; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The Washington Post (1877 - 1991), pg. 3