The Prohibition Doc Who Prescribed Booze

Under the Volstead Act, medical alcohol was the precursor of medical marijuana, but it seems that the shadowy Dr. Victor Lyon was also a mixologist.

In 1920, after leading a five-year campaign to stamp out the narcotics trade in the Philippines, Spanish-American War veteran Major Alfred V. Dalrymple was appointed Chicago’s chief prohibition officer. At a talk in the town’s City Club that autumn, he argued that Benedict Arnold “was no greater traitor than any citizen who opposes the enforcement prohibition while it remains a law.”…

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