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The Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Webb-Kenyon Act of 1913, forbidding the shipment of alcoholic beverages into a state in violation of its laws.

The Webb-Kenyon ActWebb-Kenyon Act, passed in 1913 over President William H. Taft’s veto, assisted the ProhibitionProhibition states in enforcing their laws against the sale or shipment of intoxicating liquors to customers within their borders. By a 7-2 vote, the Supreme Court upheld the law, recognizing that Congress had broad discretion in choosing how to regulate interstate commerce. Speaking for the Court, Justice Edward D. WhiteWhite, Edward D.;Clark Distilling Co. v. Western Maryland Railway Co.[Clark Distilling Co. v. Western Maryland Railway Co.] argued that the law applied uniformly throughout the nation and that it did not delegate the commerce power to the states.Commerce clause;Clark Distilling Co. v. Western Maryland Railway Co.[Clark Distilling Co. v. Western Maryland Railway Co.]

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