By the Act of August 10, 1917, c. 53, § 15, 40 Stat. 276, 282, a war measure known as the Lever Act, Congress prohibited the use after September 9, 1917, of food materials or feeds in the production of distilled spirits for beverage purposes and authorized the President to limit or prohibit their use in the production of malt or vinous liquors for beverage purposes, so far as he might, from time to time, deem it essential to assure an adequate supply of food, or deem it helpful in promoting the national security or defense. Under the power so conferred the President, by proclamation of December 8, 1917, 40 Stat. 1728, prohibited the production after January 1, 1918, of any "malt liquor except ale and porter" containing more than 2.75 per centum of alcohol by weight. By proclamation of September 16, 1918, 40 Stat. 1848, the prohibition was extended to "malt liquors, including near beer, for
On November 21, 1918, the so-called War-Time Prohibition Act (c. 212, 40 Stat. 1045) was approved. It provided that:
"After May first, nineteen hundred and nineteen, until the conclusion of the present war and thereafter until the termination of demobilization, the date of which shall be determined and proclaimed by the President of the United States, no grains, cereals, fruit or other food product shall be used in the manufacture or production of beer, wine, or other intoxicating malt or vinous liquor for beverage purposes. After June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and nineteen, until the conclusion of the present war and thereafter until the termination of demobilization, the date of which shall be determined and proclaimed by the President of the United States, no beer, wine, or other intoxicating malt or vinous liquor shall be sold for beverage purposes except for export. . . ."
On February 6, 1919, the Commissioner of Internal Revenue ruled (Treasury Decision 2788) that a beverage containing as much as one-half of one per centum of alcohol by volume would be regarded as intoxicating within the intent of the Act of November 21, 1918; and that after May 1, 1919, persons would not be permitted to qualify as brewers, if the alcoholic content of their product equalled or exceeded that percentage. In so ruling the Commissioner adopted and applied to this prohibitory act the same classification of malt liquors which had been applied in administering the laws concerning the taxation of beer and other similar fermented liquors.
This case was heard and decided below with Dryfoos v. Edwards, ante, 146; and it was argued here on the same day with that case and Hamilton v. Kentucky Distilleries & Warehouse Co., ante, 146. For the reasons set forth in
First: May the plaintiff show as a basis for relief that the beer manufactured by it with alcoholic content not greater than 2.75 per centum in weight and 3.4 per centum in volume is not in fact intoxicating? The Government insists that the fact alleged is immaterial since the passage of the Volstead Act by which the prohibition of the manufacture and sale is extended to all beer and other malt liquor containing as much as one-half of one per centum of alcohol by volume.
If the war power of Congress to effectively prohibit the manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquors in order to promote the Nation's efficiency in men, munitions and supplies is as full and complete as the police power of the States to effectively enforce such prohibition in order to promote the health, safety and morals of the community, it is clear that this provision of the Volstead Act is valid, and has rendered immaterial the question whether plaintiff's beer is intoxicating. For the legislation and decisions of the highest courts of nearly all the States establish that it is deemed impossible to effectively enforce either prohibitory laws or other laws merely regulating the manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquors, if liability or inclusion within the law is made to depend upon the issuable fact whether or not a particular liquor made or sold as a beverage is intoxicating. In other words, it clearly appears
A test often used to determine whether a beverage is to be deemed intoxicating within the meaning of the liquor law is whether it contains one-half of one per cent. of alcohol by volume. A survey of the liquor laws of the States reveals that in seventeen States the test is either a list of enumerated beverages without regard to whether they contain any alcohol or the presence of any alcohol in a beverage, regardless of quantity;
Purity Extract Co. v. Lynch, 226 U.S. 192, determined that state legislation of this character is valid and set forth
Plaintiff's argument is equivalent to saying that the war power of Congress to prohibit the manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquors does not extend to the adoption of such means to this end as in its judgment are necessary to the effective administration of the law. The contention appears to be, that since the power to prohibit the manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquors is not expressly granted to Congress, but is a power implied under § 8 of Article I of the Constitution, which authorizes Congress "to make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution" powers expressly enumerated, the power to prohibit non-intoxicants would be merely an incident of the power to prohibit intoxicants; and that it cannot be held to exist, because one implied power may not be grafted upon another implied power. This argument is a mere matter of words. The police power of a State over the liquor traffic is not limited to the power to prohibit the sale of intoxicating liquors supported by a separate implied power to prohibit kindred non-intoxicating liquors so far as necessary to make the prohibition of intoxicants effective; it is a single broad power to make such laws, by way of prohibition, as may be required to effectively suppress the traffic in intoxicating liquors. Likewise the implied
The distinction sought to be made by plaintiff between the scope or incidents of an express power and those of an implied power has no basis in reason or authority. Thus, the Constitution confers upon Congress the express power "to establish post offices and post roads" (Article I, § 8, clause 7). From this is implied the power to acquire land for post offices in the several States, Battle v. United States, 209 U.S. 36; and as an incident of this implied power to acquire land, the further power is implied to take it by right of eminent domain. Kohl v. United States, 91 U.S. 367. Likewise, the Constitution confers by clause 3 the express power "to regulate commerce . . . among the several States"; but there is implied for this purpose also the power to grant to individuals franchises to construct and operate railroads from State to State. California v. Pacific R.R. Co., 127 U.S. 1, 39. Incidental to this implied power to construct or authorize the construction of a railroad — is the further implied power to regulate the relations of the railroad with its employees, Second Employers' Liability Cases, 223 U.S. 1, 47; to require safety appliances upon cars, even when used in intrastate commerce, Southern Ry. Co. v. United States, 222 U.S. 20; and to regulate freight rates even to the extent of affecting intrastate rates, American Express Co. v. Caldwell, 244 U.S. 617. Whether it be for purposes of national defense, or for the purpose
Second: Does the fact that Title I of the Volstead Act took effect upon its passage render § 1 invalid as against the plaintiff? Prohibition of the manufacture of malt liquors with alcoholic content of one-half of one per cent. or more is permissible only because, in the opinion of Congress, the war emergency demands it. If, in its opinion, the particular emergency demands the immediate discontinuance of the traffic Congress must have the power to require such discontinuance. To limit the power of Congress so that it may require discontinuance only after the lapse of a reasonable time from the passage of the act would seriously restrict it in the exercise of the war powers. Hardship resulting from making an act take effect upon its passage is a frequent incident of permissible legislation; but whether it shall be imposed rests wholly in the discretion of the law-making body. That the prohibition of the manufacture of non-intoxicating beer, if permissible at all, may be made to take effect immediately follows necessarily from the principle acted upon in Mugler v. Kansas, 123 U.S. 623,
Plaintiff contends however that even if immediate prohibition of the sale of its non-intoxicating beer is within the war power, this can be legally effected, only provided compensation is made; and it calls attention to the fact that in Barbour v. (Georgia, 249 U.S. 454, 459, following some earlier cases, the question was reserved whether, under the police power, the States could prohibit the sale of liquor acquired before the enactment of the statute. It should, however, be noted that, among the judgments affirmed in the Mugler Case, was one for violation of the act by selling beer acquired before its enactment (see pp. 625, 627); and that it was assumed without discussion that the same rule applied to the brewery and its product (p. 669). But we are not required to determine here the limits
It is urged that the act is particularly oppressive in respect to the beer on hand, because the plaintiff was engaged in manufacturing and selling a non-intoxicating beverage expressly authorized by the President in his proclamation of December 8, 1917, and prohibited by him later, only when conservation of all the food products of the country became necessary. The facts afford no basis on which to rest the claim of an equity in the plaintiff's favor. The specific permission from the President to manufacture 2.75 per cent. beer was not on the ground that such beer was non-intoxicating; nor was it a declaration by him that this beer was in fact non-intoxicating. The permission extended to all "ale and porter" which, everyone knows, are intoxicating liquors.
MR. JUSTICE McREYNOLDS, with whom concurred MR. JUSTICE DAY, and MR. JUSTICE VAN DEVANTER, dissenting.
I cannot accept either the conclusion announced by the court or the reasons advanced to uphold it. The importance of the principles involved impels a dissent.
We are not now primarily concerned with the wisdom or validity of general legislation concerning liquors, nor with the intoxicating qualities of beer, nor with measures taken by a State under its inherent and wide general powers to provide for public safety and welfare. Our problem concerns the power of Congress and rights of the citizen after a declaration of war, but when active
The Government freely admits, since the present cause stands upon motion to dismiss a bill which plainly alleges that the beer in question is non-intoxicating, we must accept that allegation as true and beyond controversy. In United States v. Standard Brewery, decided this day, ante, 210, we rule in effect that for many months prior to the Volstead Act, passed October 28, 1919, no law of the United States forbade the production or sale of non-intoxicating malt liquors. And so the question for decision here distinctly presented, is this — Did Congress have power on October 28, 1919, directly and instantly to prohibit the sale of a non-intoxicating beverage, theretofore lawfully produced and which until then could have been lawfully vended, without making any provision for compensation to the owner?
The Federal Government has only those powers granted by the Constitution. The Eighteenth Amendment not having become effective, it has no general power to prohibit the manufacture or sale of liquors. But by positive grant Congress has been empowered: "To declare war," "to raise and support armies," "to provide and maintain a navy," "to make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces," "to make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers"; and to these it is attempted to trace the asserted power to prohibit sale of complainant's beer. (See concerning implied powers, Cooley's Principles of Constitutional Law, 105; Story on the Constitution, 4th ed., § 1243.)
The argument runs — This court has held in Hamilton v. Kentucky Distilleries & Warehouse Co., ante, 146, that under a power implied because necessary and proper to carry into execution the above named powers relating to war, in October, 1919, Congress could prohibit the sale
The query at once arises: If all this be true, why may not the second implied power engender a third under which Congress may forbid the planting of barley or hops, the manufacture of bottles or kegs, etc., etc.? The mischievous consequences of such reasoning were long ago pointed out in Kidd v. Pearson, 128 U.S. 1, 21, where, replying to a suggestion that under the expressly granted power to regulate commerce, Congress might control related matters, it was said:
"The result would be that Congress would be invested, to the exclusion of the States, with the power to regulate, not only manufactures, but also agriculture, horticulture, stock raising, domestic fisheries, mining — in short, every branch of human industry. For is there one of them that does not contemplate, more or less clearly, an interstate or foreign market?"
For sixty years Ex parte Milligan, 4 Wall. 2, 120, 125, has been regarded as a splendid exemplification of the protection which this court must extend in time of war to rights guaranteed by the Constitution, and also as decisive of its power to ascertain whether actual military necessity justifies interference with such rights. The doctrines then clearly — I may add, courageously — announced, conflict with the novel and hurtful theory now promulgated. A few pertinent quotations from the opinion will accentuate the gravity of the present ruling.
"Time has proven the discernment of our ancestors; for even these provisions, expressed in such plain English words, that it would seem the ingenuity of man could not evade them, are now, after the lapse of more than seventy years, sought to be avoided. Those great and
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"This nation, as experience has proved, cannot always remain at peace, and has no right to expect that it will always have wise and humane rulers, sincerely attached to the principles of the Constitution. Wicked men, ambitious of power, with hatred of liberty and contempt of law, may fill the place once occupied by Washington and Lincoln; and if this right is conceded, and the calamities of war again befall us, the dangers to human liberty are frightful to contemplate. If our fathers had failed to provide for just such a contingency, they would have been false to the trust reposed in them. They knew — the history of the world told them — the nation they were founding, be its existence short or long, would be involved in war; how often or how long continued, human foresight could not tell; and that unlimited power, wherever lodged
By considering the circumstances existing when the War-Time Prohibition Act was challenged, in order to reach the conclusion announced in Hamilton v. Kentucky Distilleries & Warehouse Co., supra, this court asserted its right to determine the relationship between such an enactment and the conduct of war; the decision there really turned upon an appreciation of the facts. And that the implied power to enact such a prohibitive statute does not spring from a mere technical state of war but depends upon some existing necessity directly related to actual warfare, was recognized. Treating that opinion as though it asserted the existence of a general power delegated to Congress to prohibit intoxicants, certain cases which declare our inability to interfere with a State in the exercise of its police power (Purity Extract Co. v. Lynch, 226 U.S. 192; Silz v. Hesterberg, 211 U.S. 31, etc.) are now cited, and it is said they afford authority for upholding the challenged statute. But those cases are essentially different from the present one, both as to facts and applicable principles; the power exercised by the States was inherent, ever present, limited only by the Fourteenth Amendment, and there was no arbitrary application of it; the power of Congress recognized in the Hamilton Case, and here relied upon must be inferred from others expressly granted and should be restricted, as it always has been heretofore, to actual necessities consequent upon war. It can only support a measure directly relating to such necessities and only so long as the relationship continues. Whether these
What were the outstanding circumstances? During the nineteen months — April, 1917, to November, 1918 — when active hostilities were being carried on, and for almost a year thereafter, Congress found no exigency requiring it to prohibit sales of non-intoxicating beers. The armistice was signed and actual hostilities terminated November 11, 1918. Our military and naval forces, with very few exceptions, had returned and demobilization had been completed. The production of war material and supplies had ceased long before and huge quantities of those on hand had been sold. The President had solemnly declared, "The war thus comes to an end; for having accepted these terms of armistice, it will be impossible for the German command to renew it." Also — "That the object of the war is attained." "The quiet of peace and tranquility of settled hopes has descended upon us." July 10, 1919, he announced, "The war ended in November, eight months ago"; and in a message dated October 27, 1919, he declared that war emergencies which might have called for prohibition "have been satisfied in the demobilization of the army and navy." Food supplies were abundant, and there is no pretense that the enactment under consideration was intended to preserve them. Finally, the statute itself contains no declaration that prohibition of non-intoxicants was regarded as in any way essential to the proper conduct or conclusion of the war or to restoration of peace.
Moreover, well settled rights of the individual in harmless property and powers carefully reserved to the States, ought not to be abridged or destroyed by mere argumentation based upon supposed analogies. The Constitution should be interpreted in view of the spirit which pervades it and always with a steadfast purpose to give complete effect to every part according to the true intendment — none should suffer emasculation by any strained or unnatural construction. And these solemn words we may neither forget nor ignore — "Nor shall any person . . . be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation." "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
MR. JUSTICE CLARKE also dissents.
"The term `War Prohibition Act' used in this Act shall mean the provisions of any Act or Acts prohibiting the sale and manufacture of intoxicating liquors until the conclusion of the present war and thereafter until the termination of demobilization, the date of which shall be determined and proclaimed by the President of the United States. The words `beer, wine, or other intoxicating malt or vinous liquors' in the War Prohibition Act shall be hereafter construed to mean any such beverages which contain one-half of 1 per centum or more of alcohol by volume: Provided, That the foregoing definition shall not extend to dealcoholized wine nor to any beverage or liquid produced by the process by which beer, ale, porter or wine is produced, if it contains less than one-half of 1 per centum of alcohol by volume, and is made as prescribed in section 37 of Title II of this Act, and is otherwise denominated than as beer, ale, or porter, and is contained and sold in, or from, such sealed and labeled bottles, casks, or containers as the commissioner may by regulation prescribe."
Cases to this effect are Marks v. State, 159 Alabama, 71; Brown v. State, 17 Arizona, 314; Bradshaw v. State, 76 Arkansas, 562; Seibert v. State, 121 Arkansas, 258; In re Lockman, 18 Idaho 465; Hansberg v. People, 120 Illinois, 21, 23 (dictum); Kurz v. State, 79 Indiana, 488; Sawyer v. Botti, 147 Iowa, 453; State v. Colvin, 127 Iowa, 632; State v. Miller, 92 Kansas, 994; State v. Trione, 97 Kansas, 365; Commonwealth v. McGrath, 185 Massachusetts, 1; Extract & Tonic Co. v. Lynch, 100 Mississippi, 650; State v. Centennial Brewing Co., 55 Montana, 500; Luther v. State, 83 Nebraska, 455; State v. Thornton, 63 N.H. 114; People v. Cox, 106 App. Div. (N.Y.) 299; People v. O'Reilly, 129 App. Div. (N.Y.) 522; LaFollette v. Murray, 81 Oh. St. 474; State v. Walder, 83 Oh. St. 68; State v. Bottling Works, 19 N. Dak. 397; State v. Ely, 22 S. Dak. 487; State v. Oliver, 26 W.Va. 422, 427 (dictum); Pennell v. State, 141 Wisconsin, 35; United States v. Cohn, 2 Ind. Ter. 474; Purity Extract Co. v. Lynch, 226 U.S. 192.
Contra: — City of Bowling Green v. McMullen, 134 Kentucky, 742; Reisenberg v. State, 84 S.W. Rep. (Tex.) 585; State v. Olsen, 95 Minnesota, 104; Intoxicating Liquor Cases, 25 Kansas, 751; State v. Virgo, 14 N. Dak. 293; State v. Maroun, 128 Louisiana, 829; Howard v. Acme Brewing Co., 143 Georgia, 1.
In Kansas, the legislature overruled this decision by Laws of 1909, c. 164, § 4, see State v. Trione, supra; in Minnesota, made the prohibition apply to all malt liquors containing as much as 1/2 of 1% of alcohol by volume, Laws of 1919, c. 455, p. 537; in North Dakota by Laws of 1909, c. 187, p. 277, see State v. Bottling Works, 19 N. Dak. 397, the prohibition applied to all liquors which retained "the alcoholic principle;" in Louisiana Acts of 1914, Nos. 146, 211, operated to cut down the per cent. of alcohol to 1.59, see State v. George, 136 Louisiana, 906. In Georgia Acts of 1919, p. 931, changed the rule of Howard v. Acme Brewing Co., supra, see Note (d) 4, infra, 289.
1. Alabama: — Gen. Laws Sp. Sess. 1907, No. 53, § 1, p. 71, made it unlawful to sell "any alcoholic, spirituous, vinous or malt liquors, intoxicating bitters or beverages, or other liquors or beverages . . which if drunk to excess will produce intoxication."
Marks v. State, 159 Alabama, 71, 78, stated that "or other liquors or beverages . . . which if drunk to excess will produce intoxication" did not modify or limit the prohibition of the liquors enumerated. Any unenumerated liquor, however, must be proved to be intoxicating if drunk to excess.
Gen. Laws, 1919, Act No. 7, p. 6, in terms prohibits all liquors containing any alcohol.
2. Arizona: — Constitution, Art. 23, § 1, prohibits "ardent spirits, ale, beer, wine, or intoxicating liquor or liquors of whatever kind."
Brown v. State, 17 Arizona, 314, held that "beer" was prohibited whether or not it was intoxicating.
3. Arkansas: — Acts of 1917, Act 13, p. 41, as amended by Acts of 1919, Act 87, p. 75, prohibits "any alcoholic, vinous, malt, spirituous or fermented liquors."
Seibert v. State, 121 Arkansas, 258, held that the enumerated liquors are prohibited whether they are intoxicating or not if they contained any alcohol.
An earlier act contained the words "or other intoxicating liquors" following "or fermented liquors." It was held in Bradshaw v. State, 76 Arkansas, 562, that this clause did not modify the enumerated liquors and that they were prohibited whether intoxicating or not.
4. Colorado: — Sess. Laws, 1915, c. 98, § 30 — (Prohibition) — as amended by Sess. Laws, 1919, c. 141, prohibits "intoxicating liquors . . . no matter how small the percentage of alcohol they may contain."
4 1/2. Hawaii: — Rev. Laws, 1915, § 2101. (License Law) "`Intoxicating liquors' . . . shall be held to include spirituous liquors, and any beverage in which may be found any percentage of distilled spirits, spirits, alcohol and alcoholic spirit as defined by the laws of the United States, and any sake, beer, lager beer, ale, porter and malt or fermented or distilled liquors."
5. Idaho: — Sess. Laws, 1909, p. 18. (Local Option) — "spirituous, vinous, malt, and fermented liquors . . . and other drinks that may be used as a beverage and produce intoxication."
In re Lockman, 18 Idaho 465, held that the enumerated liquors are within the act whether or not they are intoxicating.
Constitutional Amendment of Nov. 7, 1916 (Prohibition). (Sess. Laws, 1917, p. 528.) The Enforcement Laws are cumulative, including Sess. Laws, 1915, c. 28; Sess. Laws, 1915, c. 11 (see § 23); Sess. Laws, 1911, c. 15; and Sess. Laws, 1909, p. 18. Thus the definition and interpretation above are retained.
6. Iowa: — Rev. Code (1897-1915), § 2382. Prohibits "any intoxicating liquor, which term shall be construed to mean alcohol, ale, wine, beer, spirituous, vinous and malt liquor, and all intoxicating liquor whatever."
State v. Intoxicating Liquors, 76 Iowa, 243 (1888); and State v. Colvin, 127 Iowa, 632 (1905); Sawyer v. Botti, 147 Iowa, 453 (1910), held that liquor containing any alcohol whatever is prohibited.
7. Kansas: — Laws of 1881, c. 128, § 1 (Gen. Stats. 1915, § 5498). Prohibits "any spirituous, malt, vinous, fermented or other intoxicating liquors."
Intoxicating Liquor Cases, 25 Kansas, 751, held that in every case the question of the intoxicating quality of the beverage must go to the jury.
Laws of 1909, c. 164, § 4 (Gen. Stats. 1915, § 5501), amended the Act of 1881 as follows: "All liquors mentioned in section 1 of this act shall be construed and held to be intoxicating liquors within the meaning of this act."
State v. Miller, 92 Kansas, 994; State v. Trione, 97 Kansas, 365, declared that the former case is no longer the law and that the mere presence of the liquors mentioned makes the substance intoxicating for purposes of the prohibition statutes.
See also Laws of 1917, cc. 215, 216, "Bone Dry Prohibition Law."
8. Louisiana: — Shreveport Ice Co. v. Brown, 128 Louisiana, 408, held that a statute regulating the sale of "spirituous and intoxicating liquors" includes only intoxicating liquors.
Acts of Extra Session, 1910, No. 171, defines "Grog-Shop" as a place where "intoxicating, spirituous, vinous, or malt liquors are sold" (and forbids them in prohibition territory).
State v. Maroun, 128 Louisiana, 829, held that the malt liquors must be intoxicating to be within the meaning of the statute.
Acts of 1914, No. 146, repeats a similar definition of grog-shop or blind tiger. Acts of 1914, No. 211, forbids the manufacture of near-beer with more than 1.59% of alcohol by weight or 2% by volume; and prohibits the sale of the near-beer thus made under the same roof where any other beverage is sold.
State v. George, 136 Louisiana, 906, seems to hold that this near-beer may be sold in prohibition territory where the "grog-shops" are not allowed.
Acts of 1916, No. 14, prohibits the sale or keeping for sale of any "malt liquors, whether intoxicating or not, and whether containing alcohol or not, in any parish, ward, city, town or village of this State where the sale of intoxicating liquors is prohibited by law or ordinance. . . ."
9. Maryland: — Laws of 1914, c. 831, § 1, p. 1569 (Prohibition in Certain Counties), forbids "any spirituous, vinous, fermented, malt or intoxicating liquors, or any mixture thereof containing alcohol for beverage purposes. . . ."
Laws of 1916, c. 389, § 1, p. 786. Prohibits in a certain county "any kindred preparation or beverage, having the appearance and taste of Lager Beer . . . except those beverages that are labeled . . . stating that the beverage is free of alcohol."
See also Note d (8), infra, 290; and Note h, infra, 296. These citations are not exhaustive of the Maryland county prohibition statutes.
10. Michigan: — Public Acts, 1919, No. 53, § 3, p. 81. "`Intoxicating liquors' . . . include any vinous, malt, brewed, fermented or spirituous liquors . . . and all liquids . . . which contain any alcohol and are capable of being used as a beverage."
11. Mississippi: — Code of 1906, § 1746, as amended by Laws of 1908, c. 115, p. 116 (Code, 1917, § 2086). Prohibits the sale of "any vinous, alcoholic, malt, intoxicating or spirituous liquors, or intoxicating bitters, or other drinks which if drank to excess will produce intoxication."
Fuller v. City of Jackson, 97 Mississippi, 237; Extract & Tonic Co. v. Lynch, 100 Mississippi, 650. All the enumerated drinks are prohibited whether they contain alcohol or are intoxicating or both or neither.
Laws of 1918, c. 189, § 1, p. 210. Prohibits "spirituous, vinous, malted, fermented, or other intoxicating liquors of any kind."
12. New Mexico: — Stats. 1915, § 2874. "All persons who make for sale fermented liquors of any name or description, from malt, wholly or in part, or from any substitute therefor, shall be considered brewers." Section 2937. "The words `intoxicating liquors' . . . include all malt, vinous, and spirituous liquors."
Constitutional Amendment, proposed by Legislature of 1917, Laws of 1917, p. 352, prohibits "ardent spirits, ale, beer, alcohol, wine or liquor of any kind whatsoever containing alcohol."
13. New York: — Laws of 1897, c. 312, § 2; and Laws of 1903, c. 486, § 2, as amended by Laws of 1905, c. 679, § 2, defining intoxicating liquors as "all distilled or rectified spirits, wine, fermented and malt liquors."
People v. Cox, 106 App. Div. 299, held that "Malt Rose containing .74% of alcohol and made from malt was within the meaning of the act.
People v. O'Reilly, 129 App. Div. 522 (affd. 194 N.Y. 592), holds that beer comes within the act whether intoxicating or not, and declares that an earlier line of cases holding that the intoxicating quality is always for the jury to decide are no longer applicable where liquors are named in the act.
Laws of 1917, c. 624, § 2, p. 1835. City Local Option Law. Continues the definition.
14. Ohio: — Rev. Stats. 1906, §§ 4364-9, laid a tax on the business of "trafficking in spirituous, vinous, malt, or any intoxicating liquors."
LaFollette v. Murray, 81 Ohio St. 474, held that "Friedon Beer" a malt liquor containing .47% of alcohol and not intoxicating was within the statute.
State v. Walder, 83 Ohio St. 68.
Laws of 1919, §§ 6212-15, p. 388. (Prohibition.) ". . . `liquor' or . . . `intoxicating liquors' . . . include any distilled, malt, spirituous, vinous, fermented or alcoholic liquor, and also any alcoholic liquid . . . which . . . is . . . capable of being used as a beverage."
15. South Dakota: — Sess. Laws of 1890, c. 101, § 6, p. 229 (Prohibition). Intoxicating liquors include "all spirituous, malt, vinous, fermented or other intoxicating liquors or mixtures. . . that will produce intoxication."
Rev. Pol. Code, 1903, § 2834, requires a license to sell "any spirituous, vinous, malt, brewed, fermented or other intoxicating liquors."
State v. Ely, 22 S. Dak. 487, held that the liquors named come within the act whether or not they are intoxicating.
Rev. Code, 1919, § 10237. "`Intoxicating Liquors' . . . include whiskey, alcohol, brandy, gin, rum, wine, ale, beer, absinthe, cordials, hard or fermented cider, . . . and all distilled, spirituous, vinous, malt, brewed and fermented liquors, and every other liquid . . . containing alcohol, which .. . is capable of being used as a beverage."
15 1/2. United States: — 28 Stat. 697, § 8 (Indian Territory Prohibition), prohibits "any vinous, malt, or fermented liquors, or any other intoxicating drinks."
United States v. Cohn, 2 Ind. Ter. 474, held that the act prohibits all malt liquors whether or not they are intoxicating.
See also 39 Stat. 903 (Alaska Prohibition); and 39 Stat. 1123 (D. of C. Prohibition), both of which prohibit "all malt liquors."
16. Washington: — Code, 1912, Title 267, § 45 (Local Option). "`Intoxicating liquor' . . . shall . . . include whiskey, brandy, rum, wine, ale, beer, or any spirituous, vinous, fermented, malt or any other liquor containing intoxicating properties . . . except preparations compounded by a registered pharmacist, the sale of which would not subject him to the payment of the special liquor tax required by the laws of the United States."
Sess. Laws of 1915, c. 2, § 2 (Prohibition). "`Intoxicating liquor'. . . shall . . . include whiskey, etc., [as above] and all liquids . . . which contain any alcohol, which are capable of being used as a beverage."
State v. Hemrich, 93 Washington, 439.
17. Wisconsin: — Gen. Stats., 1911, § 1565c (Local Option), "any spirituous, malt, ardent or intoxicating liquors or drinks."
Pennell v. State, 141 Wisconsin, 35, holds that the statute forbids fermented malt liquors containing alcohol whether intoxicating or not.
See also Montana, Note (g), infra, 295.
1. Connecticut: — Public Acts, 1919, c. 241, p. 2917, defines intoxicating liquors, "all beer manufactured from hops and malt or from hops and barley, and all beer on the receptacle containing which the laws of the United States require a revenue stamp to be affixed [but it] shall not include beverages which contain no alcohol. . . ."
2. Delaware: — Laws of 1917, c. 10, p. 19 (Local Option Enforcement), defines as follows: "all liquid mixtures . . . containing so much as 1/2 of 1% of alcohol by volume shall be deemed liquors and shall be embraced in the word `liquors' as hereinafter used in this Act."
3. Florida: — Acts of Sp. Sess. 1918, c. 7736, § 7, as amended by Acts of 1919, c. 7890, defines intoxicating liquor, which it prohibits, as all beverages containing "1/2 of 1% of alcohol, or more, by volume."
4. Georgia: — Acts of 1915, Sp. Sess., pp. 77, 79 [Park's Annotated Code, Supplement, 1917, Penal Code, § 448 (b) ], defines "prohibited liquors" as ". . . beer, . . . near-beer, . .. and . . . beverages containing 1/2 of 1% of alcohol or more by volume."
5. Illinois: — Rev. Stats. 1874, c. 43, § 1 ("Dram Shop Act"), defines a dram shop as a place "where spirituous or vinous or malt liquors are retailed . . . and intoxicating liquors shall be deemed to include all such liquors."
Hansberg v. People, 120 Illinois, 21, 23. Indictment for selling "intoxicating liquors." Proof of selling "beer." The court said: "No evidence whatever was offered or admitted for the purpose of explaining or showing what beer was made of, or what its characteristics were, or whether it was malt, vinous, spirituous or intoxicating."
Laws of 1919, p. 931 (Search and Seizure Law). "`Intoxicating liquor or liquors' shall include all distilled, spirituous, vinous, fermented or malt liquors which contain more than 1/2 of 1% by volume of alcohol."
6. Indiana: — Rev. Stats. 1881, § 2094, "whoever . . . sells .. . any spirituous, vinous, malt, or other intoxicating liquors."
Kurz v. State, 79 Indiana, 488, 490: "It devolves on the State, therefore, to prove that the beer sold was either a malt liquor or that it was, in fact, intoxicating liquor."
Laws of 1911, c. 119, § 29 (Saloon Regulation Act). "The words `intoxicating liquors,' shall apply to any spirituous, vinous or malt liquor, or to any intoxicating liquor whatever, which is used . . . as a beverage and which contains more than 1/2 of 1% of alcohol by volume."
Laws of 1917, c. 4, § 2 (Prohibition Act). "The words `intoxicating liquor,' as used in this act shall be construed to mean all malt, vinous, or spirituous liquor, containing so much as 1/2 of 1% of alcohol by volume."
7. Maine: — Rev. Stats. 1916, c. 127, § 21 (Prohibition Act), declares "wine, ale, porter, strong beer, lager beer and all other malt liquors, and cider when kept or deposited with intent to sell the same for tippling purposes, . . . are declared intoxicating within the meaning of this chapter."
State v. Frederickson, 101 Maine, 37, holds that cider comes within the act whether or not it is in fact intoxicating.
State v. Piche, 98 Maine, 348, holds that in case of a liquor not enumerated the jury must find the question of intoxicating quality.
Laws of 1919, c. 235, § 21, prohibits "as well as any beverage containing a percentage of alcohol which by federal enactment or by decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, now or hereafter declared, renders a beverage intoxicating."
8. Maryland: — Laws of 1917, Extra Session, c. 13, § 1 (Prohibition in Prince George's County). "Malt liquors shall be construed to embrace porter, ale, beer and all malt or brewed drinks whether intoxicating or not containing as much as 1/2 of 1% of alcohol by volume; and that the words `intoxicating liquors' . . . shall . . . embrace both spirituous liquors and malt liquors and . . . all liquid mixtures, . . . containing so much as 1/2 of 1% of alcohol by volume." See also Note c (9), supra, 286, and Note h, infra, 296.
9. Minnesota: — Gen. Stats. 1913, § 3188, and Gen. Stats., Suppl. 1917, § 3161, provide that "the terms `intoxicating liquor' and `liquor' . . . shall include distilled, fermented, spirituous, vinous, and malt liquor."
State v. Gill, 89 Minnesota, 502, held that only those malt liquors which were intoxicating were within the meaning of the act.
Laws of 1919, c. 455, p. 537 (Prohibition). "`Intoxicating liquor' and `liquor' shall include and mean ethyl alcohol and any kind of distilled, fermented, spirituous, vinous, or malt liquor or liquid of any kind potable as a beverage, whenever any of said liquors or liquids contain 1/2 of 1% or more of alcohol by volume."
10. Missouri: — Rev. Stats., 1909, § 7243. "If a majority of the votes . . . shall be `against the sale of intoxicating liquors,' it shall be unlawful for any person . . . [to sell] . .. any kind of intoxicating liquors or beverage containing alcohol in any quantity whatever."
State v. Gamma, 149 Mo. App. 694; State v. Burk, 151 Mo. App. 188; State v. Wills, 154 Mo. App. 605.
Laws of 1919, c. ___, § 15. "The phrase `intoxicating liquor' or `intoxicating liquors' whenever used in this act shall be construed to mean and include any distilled, malt, spirituous, vinous, fermented, or alcoholic liquors, all alcoholic liquids .. . which contain 1/2 of 1% of alcohol by volume . . .; Provided, however, that when the above mentioned phrases . . . are defined in the laws of the United States, then such definition of Congress shall supersede and take the place of the definition . . . in this section."
11. Nebraska: — Cobbey's Compiled Stats. 1907, § 7161, forbids the sale of "malt, spirituous, or vinous liquors or any intoxicating drinks" without a license.
Luther v. State, 83 Nebraska, 455, holds that all malt liquors fall within the meaning of the statute whether or not they are intoxicating.
Laws of 1917, c. 187, § 1 (Prohibition). "`Intoxicating liquors' . . . embrace all malt, fermented, vinous, or spirituous liquors, wine, ale, porter, beer, or any intoxicating drink . . . and all malt or brewed drinks and all mixtures . . . which will produce intoxication, and in addition thereto such liquors of a different character and not hereinbefore enumerated capable of use as a beverage containing over 1/2 of 1% of alcohol by volume."
12. Nevada: — Laws of 1919, c. 1, § 1 (Prohibition). "The words `liquors' . . . shall embrace all malt, vinous, or spirituous liquors, wine, porter, ale, beer, or any other intoxicating drink . . ., and all malt or brewed drinks, whether intoxicating or not, shall be deemed malt liquors within the meaning of this act . . . and all beverages containing so much as 1/2 of 1% of alcohol by volume, shall be deemed spirituous liquors."
State v. Reno Brewing Co., 42 Nevada, 397.
13. Oklahoma: — Sess. Laws of 1913, c. 26, § 6, and Sess. Laws of 1917, c. 186 (Prohibition), both define intoxicating liquors as "spirituous, vinous, fermented or malt liquors . . . or any liquors which contain as much as 1/2 of 1% of alcohol by volume."
Estes v. State, 13 Okla. Crim. Rep. 604, held that the State to secure conviction for violation of the act must prove either that the liquor contained more than 1/2 of 1% of alcohol or that it was in fact intoxicating.
14. Oregon: — Laws of 1905, c. 2 (Local Option), used only the term "intoxicating liquors."
State v. Carmody, 50 Oregon, 1, held that the court will judicially recognize that "beer" is intoxicating in an indictment for selling "intoxicating liquors."
Laws of 1915, c. 141, § 2, p. 151. "`Intoxicating liquors' . .. embrace all spirituous, malt, vinous, fermented, or other intoxicating liquors, and all mixtures . . . which contain in excess of 1/2 of 1% of alcohol by volume shall be deemed to be embraced within the term independently of any other test of their intoxicating character."
15. Tennessee: — Acts of 1917, c. 4, p. 6 (Ann. Code, 1918, § 6798a34). Clubs, etc., may not have on their premises any liquor "containing more than 1/2 of 1% of alcohol."
16. Utah: — Laws of 1911, c. 106, § 2; Laws of 1913, c. 81, § 2 (License Laws), "any spirituous, vinous, fermented or malt liquor that may be used as a beverage and produce intoxication."
Laws of 1917, c. 2, § 2 (Prohibition). "`Liquors' . . . embrace all fermented, malt, vinous, or spirituous liquors, alcohol, wine, porter, ale, beer, absinthe or any other intoxicating drink. . . and all malt or brewed drinks; and all liquids . . . which will produce intoxication; . . . and all beverages containing in excess of 1/2 of 1% of alcohol by volume."
17. Virginia: — Code of 1887, § 587 (Local Option), "any wine, spirituous or malt liquors, or any mixture thereof."
Savage v. Commonwealth, 84 Virginia, 582, and 619, held that a sale of "ginger extract" in order to be illegal requires the proof that the extract is intoxicating.
Acts of 1916, c. 146, § 1, p. 216, "ardent spirits . . . embrace alcohol, brandy, whisky, rum, gin, wine, porter, ale, beer, all malt liquors, absinthe, and all compounds . . .; and all beverages containing more than 1/2 of 1% of alcohol by volume."
18. West Virginia: — Code, c. 32, § 1, as amended by Acts of 1877, c. 107, prohibits the sale of "spirituous liquors, wine, porter, ale, beer, or any drink of a like nature . . . and all mixtures . . . known as `bitters' . . . which will produce intoxication . . . shall be deemed intoxicating liquors." See State v. Oliver, 26 W.Va. 422, 427.
Code of 1906, c. 32, § 1, is substantially the same.
State v. Henry, 74 W.Va. 72, on indictment for selling "intoxicating liquors" held that evidence of sale of "bevo" containing 1.31% of alcohol sufficient to sustain a conviction.
Acts of 1913, c. 13, § 1. "`Liquors' . . . embrace all malt, vinous, or spirituous liquors, wine, porter, ale, beer, or any other intoxicating drink . . .; and all malt or brewed drinks whether intoxicating or not shall be deemed malt liquors . . . and all beverages containing so much as 1/2 of 1% of alcohol by volume."
1. California: — Stats. 1911, c. 351, § 21 (Local Option and License). "`Alcoholic liquors' . . . include spirituous, vinous and malt liquors, and any other liquor . . . which contains 1%" of alcohol or more.
People v. Strickler, 25 Cal.App. 60, held that the clause "and any other liquor which shall contain 1% of alcohol or more" modified the enumerated liquors, so that a malt liquor containing less than 1% of alcohol and not intoxicating did not fall within the act.
2. Massachusetts: — Rev. Laws, 1902, c. 100, § 2 (Local Option and License). "Ale, porter, strong beer, lager beer, cider, all wines, any beverage which contains more than 1% of alcohol by volume . . . shall be deemed to be intoxicating."
Commonwealth v. McGrath, 185 Massachusetts, 1, held that cider fell within the act whether it contained 1% of alcohol or was intoxicating or neither.
Commonwealth v. Blos, 116 Massachusetts, 56, held that a liquor not enumerated in the statute is not prohibited unless it falls within the general definition which is a question for the jury.
Suppl. to Rev. Laws, 1908, c. 100, § 1, retains the same definition.
3. New Hampshire: — Gen. Laws, 1878, c. 109, § 15, restricted the sale of "lager beer or other malt liquors."
State v. Thornton, 63 N.H. 114; act includes all malt liquors.
Suppl. to Pub. Stat. and Sess. Laws, 1901-1913, p. 7, defines intoxicating liquors as "all distilled liquors or rectified spirits; vinous, fermented, brewed and malt liquors; and any beverage . . . containing more than 1% of alcohol by volume."
Laws of 1917, c. 147, § 60 (Prohibition). "By the words spirit, liquor, spirituous liquor, intoxicating liquor [is meant] all distilled liquors, or rectified spirits; vinous, fermented, brewed and malt liquors; and any beverage . . . containing more than 1% of alcohol, by volume."
4. South Carolina: — Rev. Stats. 1893, Crim. Stats., § 437; Code, 1902, Crim. Code, § 555; Code, 1912, Crim. Code, § 794, prohibit any spirituous, malt, vinous, fermented, brewed or other liquors and beverages, or any compound or mixture thereof which contain alcohol.
Acts of 1917, No. 94, prohibits "any spirituous, malt, vinous, fermented, brewed, or other liquors and beverages, or any compound or mixture thereof which contains alcohol in excess of 1%."
5. Vermont: — Rev. Laws, 1880, § 3800, prohibited the sale of cider at places of amusement. See State v. Spaulding, 61 Vt. 505.
Laws of 1902, No. 90, § 1, p. 94 (Gen. Laws, 1917, § 6452). "`Intoxicating liquors' . . . shall mean ale, porter, beer, lager beer, cider, all wines, any beverage which contains more than 1% of alcohol by volume."
6. Wyoming: — Compiled Stats., 1910, § 2838. "Any person who shall sell . . . any liquors, either spirituous, vinous, fermented, or malt, without a license, etc."
Sess. Laws of 1919, c. 25, § 2 (Prohibition). "`Intoxicating liquor' . . . include any distilled, malt, spirituous, vinous, fermented, or alcoholic liquor and all alcoholic liquids . . . capable or being used as a beverage, which shall contain more than 1% of alcohol."
North Dakota: — Rev. Code, 1895, § 7598, contains a proviso to the effect that fermented and alcoholic liquors containing less than 2% of alcohol by volume shall not be deemed to be intoxicating.
Laws of 1897, c. 65, § 10. "Courts will take judicial notice that beer is a malt liquor and intoxicating." See State v. Currie, 8 N. Dak. 545.
Rev. Code, 1899, § 7598, prohibits "all spirituous, malt, vinous, fermented, or other intoxicating liquors or mixtures thereof . . . that will produce intoxication, or any liquors . .. sold . . . as a beverage and which shall contain . . . methyl alcohol, . . . amyl alcohol, etc."
State v. Virgo, 14 N. Dak. 293 (1905), held that the act only applied to such liquors as were in fact intoxicating.
Laws of 1909, c. 187, p. 277. Intoxicating liquors include alcohol, brandy, rum, beer, ale, porter, wine, and hard cider, also all spirituous, malt, etc., liquors, which will produce intoxication in any degree; or any mixture of such or any kind of beverage whatsoever which while preserving the alcoholic principle or any other intoxicating quality may be used as a beverage and may become a substitute for the ordinary intoxicating beverages.
State v. Fargo Bottling Works, 19 N. Dak. 397, held that "Purity Malt" containing 1.75% of alcohol "preserved the alcoholic principle" and whether or not it was intoxicating it might not lawfully be sold.
Montana: — Laws of 1917, c. 143, § 2. "`Intoxicating liquors'. . . include whisky, brandy, gin, rum, wine, ale, and spirituous, vinous, fermented, or malt liquors or liquid . . . which contain as much as 2% of alcohol by volume and is capable of being used as a beverage."
State v. Centennial Brewing Co., 55 Montana, 500, holds specifically mentioned liquors prohibited regardless of alcoholic content.
Rhode Island: — Pub. Laws of 1887, c. 634, § 2. "`Intoxicating liquors' . . . include wine, rum or other strong, or malt liquors, or any liquor or mixture which shall contain more than 2% by weight of alcohol" and this is not to be construed to permit the sale of liquors containing less than 2% if intoxicating.
Public Laws, 1919, c. 1740, § 1 (amending Gen. Laws, c. 123, § 1). "`Non-intoxicating beverages' as used in this act, includes and means all rectified spirits, wines, fermented and malt liquors which contain one percentum and not more than four percentum by weight of alcohol.
"Sec. 2. No person shall manufacture or sell or suffer to be manufactured or sold, or keep or suffer to be kept on his premises or possession or under his charge for the purposes of sale and delivery, any non-intoxicating beverages, unless as hereinafter provided."
"Sec. 5. The electors of the several cities and towns . . . shall . . . cast their ballots for or against the granting of licenses for the sale of non-intoxicating beverages pursuant to this act. . . ."
Maryland: — Laws of 1918, c. 219, p. 580 (prohibiting at night the sale of intoxicating liquors to be carried away from the place of sale). Expressly excludes from the operation of the act "malt liquors containing less than 4% of alcohol by weight."
This provision, however, is not attempting to make a classification of intoxicating liquors. For laws of this State which do that see Note c, (9) supra, 286, and note d, (8) supra, 290.
1. Kentucky: — Statutes of 1903, § 2554, as amended by Laws of 1906, c. 21, forbids the sale in dry territory of "spirituous, vinous or malt liquors."
City of Bowling Green v. McMullen, 134 Kentucky, 742, held that the liquors named must be intoxicating in fact to be forbidden by the act.
2. Texas: — Rev. Stats. 1895, Art. 5060a, taxes the selling of "spirituous, vinous, or malt liquors, or medicated bitters capable of producing intoxication."
Ex parte Gray, 83 S.W. Rep. 828; Reisenberg v. State, 84 S.W. Rep. 585, held that non-intoxicating malt beverages may be sold without a license.
Gen. Laws, 1918, c. 24 (Prohibition), uses the same terms as the older statute and is cumulative, so presumably it has the same meaning.
3. Louisiana: — See Note c (8) supra, 286. The test of 2% applies only to near-beer. Presumably a vinous liquor must be proved intoxicating in fact under the decisions.
1. New Jersey: — Laws of 1918, c. 2, § 1 (Local Option). "The term `intoxicating liquor' . . . shall mean any spirituous, vinous, malt, brewed, or any other intoxicating liquor."
2. North Carolina: — Sp. Sess. 1908, c. 71, § 1. Prohibits the sale of "any spirituous, vinous, fermented, or malt liquors, or intoxicating bitters."
Pub. Laws, 1909, c. 438, Schedule B, §§ 26 and 63, imposed a license tax on the sale of "near-beer or any drinks containing 1/2 of 1% alcohol or more."
Parker v. Griffith, 151 N. Car. 600; State v. Danenberg, 151 N. Car. 718, held that the sale of near-beer containing 1 1/2% of alcohol was lawful.
3. Pennsylvania: — No definition.
See Note b, supra, 283.
That statute made it "unlawful to sell any intoxicating liquor, including beer, ale, or wine, to any officer or member of the military forces while in uniform." The Judge Advocate General having been applied to for an opinion concerning its administration advised that: In matters of military inquiry, the War Department regards a beverage that contains 1.4% of alcohol as intoxicating liquor within the meaning of § 12 of the Selective Service Act of May 18, 1917, and the regulations of the President and the Secretary of War made thereunder; whether beverages are intoxicating liquors . . . in prosecution of civilians is a question for the civil courts. (Opinions of Judge Advocate General, 250. December 4, 1918 — Digest of 1918, p. 360.) See also opinion of March 3, 1919 — Digest of 1919, p. 289.
Referring to the proposed definition: "I do not think the wisdom of such action on the part of Congress admits of doubt. It goes without saying, I think, that if a law merely prohibits intoxicating liquors and leaves to the jury in each case, from the evidence produced, to determine whether the liquor in question is, in fact, intoxicating or not, its efficient and uniform administration will be impossible. The term `intoxicating' is too indefinite and uncertain to produce anything like uniform results in such trials. Of course, there are certain liquors so generally known to be intoxicating that any court would take judicial notice of this fact. But in the absence of a definition by Congress there will be innumerable beverages as to which the claim will be made that they do not contain enough alcohol to render them intoxicating. These contentions will produce endless confusion and uncertainty. These, I think, are substantially the reasons why Congress should itself provide a definition.
"The importance of this matter has been very much emphasized by our present efforts to enforce the war prohibition act. The claim is being made that beer containing as much as 2 3/4 per cent. of alcohol is not intoxicating. And if this must be made a question of fact to be decided by each jury, but little in the way of practical results can be expected. I am, however, most earnestly insisting that, in view of the rulings for many years by the Internal Revenue Department, Congress meant when it used the word `beer' a beverage of the class generally known as beer if it contained as much as one half of 1 per cent. of alcohol." Letter of Attorney General to Senator Morris Shepherd, July 29, 1919, read in Senate, September 5, 1919, 58 Cong. Rec. 5185.
Webster defines ale as: "An intoxicating liquor made from an infusion of malt by fermentation and the addition of a bitter, usually hops;" and porter as: "A malt liquor, of dark color and moderately bitter taste, possessing tonic and intoxicating qualities."