L. H. Hampton Assistant Chief Counsel, Prohibition Unit, Washington, D. C.
PRACTICABLE: Capable of being put into practice, done, or accomplished by available means. That is practicable which may be accomplished by available means." --Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.
To be practicable, any plan for the enforcement of the 18th Amendment must consider existing conditions and must contemplate the means available for its execution; legislation proposed must be constitutional and reasonably hopeful of enactment; action and policy suggested must be lawful and reasonably possible of performance.
To be effective, it must be practicable and also sufficiently comprehensive to provide the legislation, organization, appropriations, and policies necessary for its successful accomplishment.
On that basis the following suggestions, with their respective supporting reasons, are submitted as a practicable plan for the effective enforcement of the 18th Amendment:
1. Retain existing enforcement legislation, except for certain amendments hereinafter suggested.
Reason: No legislation could be devised more comprehensively describing and denouncing as crimes the various acts and activities incident to the unlawful manufacture of and traffic in intoxicating liquors, nor establishing a more complete system of control of the legitimate manufacture and use of such liquors, than as now provided by law.
2. Repeal that portion of Section 25, Title II, of the National Prohibition Act, which forbids the issuance of a