Over 80% of voters in Maryland voted for repeal on September 12, 1933. That vote was ratified at a special convention on October 18th. Maryland's experience with Prohibition was an interesting one, as the stories below illustrate.

  • Maryland had a big problem with poisonous liquor. One article from 1920 mentions the death of four from Baltimore by poison liquor, and an article ran three days later had the death toll at nine. Apparently the alcohol came from a military arsenal, and was wood alcohol used in the manufacture of tear gas.

  • In 1924 an article ran about a prohibition officer who, while chasing a bootlegger, was forced off the road and into a telephone pole. Both the car being chased and five bootleggers apprehended earlier escaped.


ARMY INQUIRIES TRACES WOOD ALCOHOL DEATHS, Special to The New York Times. New York Times (1857-Current file); Sep 10, 1920; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The New York Times (1851 - 2004), pg. 3

POISON ALCOHOL KILLS FOUR IN BALTIMORE, The Hartford Courant (1887-1922); Sep 8, 1920; ProQuest Historical Newspapers Hartford Courant (1764 - 1984), pg. 1

PURSUING POLICEMAN DITCHED BY RUM CAR, The Washington Post (1877-1954); Dec 28, 1924; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The Washington Post (1877 - 1991), pg. 2