Justus Stalnaker Governor's Office, Charleston, West Virginia
THE effectiveness of the 18th Amendment of the Federal Constitution depends upon two things--the efficiency of its enforcement and the support which it receives from the public. Before considering how these factors can be strengthened it is well to get a clear mental picture of the influences which tend to weaken the law; for such a picture will show where corrective effort should be centered.
Under existing conditions, the 18th Amendment is not so effective as it was hoped that it would be; because federal, state and local enforcement of the law is not always vigorous, equal and judicious. This causes a lack of public confidence and a tendency to wink at violations.
Rightly or wrongly, many people believe that graft and politics are interwoven with prohibition enforcement. This belief weakens the law's effectiveness.
Then too, enforcement officers cannot be everywhere all the time.
Considerable confusion exists because in the various states and local communities there are many differences in the nature of the statutes and regulations which supplement the Amendment.
To these influences may be added the fact that a knowledge of how to manufacture intoxicants has spread among the people, making it more difficult to concentrate upon sources of supply.
Also great quantities of liquor are imported illegally into the country.
Bootleggers make money by violating the law. Others