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It’s purely medicinal

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Medical marijuana? Pffft!

During Prohibition, the U.S. Treasury issued forms so that physicians could write prescriptions for medicinal booze. Take two drinks and call the doctor in the morning.

It was pricey. About $3 for a prescription and an extra 3 or 4 bucks (for a pint of liquor) to get the prescription filled, Smithsonian Magazine reports. (Keep in mind that the typical annual salary was $970 to $1,400).

“Presumably, doctors were doing examinations and diagnoses, but it was mostly bogus,” says Daniel Okrent, author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.

Dentists and even vets could also writes prescriptions for liquor, Okrent says.

Veterinarians? Were you supposed to add a little gin to Fluffy’s food dish? Or did the human slurp whiskey out of Fido’s water bowl?

To learn more about how the prescription form worked, go to Smithsonian Magazine

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