California Proposition 1, Prohibition on Sale of Intoxicating Liquor (1916)

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California Proposition 1, pertaining to a Prohibition on the Sale of Intoxicating Liquor, was on the November 7, 1916 ballot in California as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.

Proposition 1, if it had been approved, would have prohibited the manufacture, sale, gift or transportation of intoxicating liquors, except for "medicinal, sacramental, scientific and mechanical" purposes.

The Prohibition Amendment had appeared on the California ballot, and been defeated, just two short years earlier. It was broader in scope than the 1916 version, which provided for some exceptions.

Two other alcohol-related measures appeared on the 1914 California ballot--California Proposition 39 (1914) and California Proposition 47 (1914)--both of which were geared toward mitigating the impact of the drive to prohibit alcohol in the state.

California Proposition 2 (1916) also appeared on the 1916 ballot--it also lost--which attempted to prohibit alcohol by prohibiting its use.

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