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May 30, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XL(22):1512. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490220036006

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According to the Western Druggist the last New York legislature passed a law regarding the sale of liquor by druggists which permits its sale, without a physician's prescription, in quantities of less than one pint, with a state revenue stamp fixed to the package. As a preventive of too regular or too frequent sales, the provision is included that not more than one sale can be made to the same person in the same twenty-four hours. We do not know whether this law is a concession to the patrons or to the druggists. If the former, it is a fraud in prohibition communities, nullifying the will of people, and if the latter, it indicates a greater degeneracy of the pharmaceutical profession in New York than we like to think probable. The sole function of the druggist in the sale of liquor should be to provide it as medicine when prescribed

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