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How the Church Saved the Wine Industry During Prohibition

How the Church Saved the Wine Industry During Prohibition

Catholic churches need wine. It’s written in the Code of Canon Law that uncorrupted grape wine be served during communion. But sacramental wine is more than just fermented juice; it’s a stand-in for the blood of Christ and his sacrifice. And in America, the history of this sacred wine, and the destiny of those who make it, was ironically shaped […]

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Were Bootleggers Released When Prohibition Ended?

Were Bootleggers Released When Prohibition Ended?

In 2012, Americans were surprised to see the first legalization of recreational marijuana use in Colorado and Washington. In the years that followed, a handful of states followed suit, including Alaska and Oregon, in 2014. And on Nov. 8, California, Nevada, Maine, and Massachusetts all voted in favor of legalized use, sale, and consumption of […]

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This 75 Billion Dollar Business Was Built Selling Whiskey During Prohibition…Legally

This 75 Billion Dollar Business Was Built Selling Whiskey During Prohibition…Legally

Stop in to your friendly neighborhood Walgreens for a flu shot? How about a pint of Old Grand-Dad? Add it to the list of “ingenious ways to take advantage of legal loopholes” alongside tax shelters and evading repo men: the biggest pharmacy chain in the United States—8,232 stores and counting—actually built itself up by writing […]

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