The state dispensary was opposed by the old conservative faction, by the saloon keepers, and by the radical prohibitionists.
The dispensary soon developed into the New hospital for women, and there she worked for over twenty years.
East London Hospital for Children and Dispensary for Women; Shadwell (1868).
Two companies brought suit for moneys owed for liquor sold to the state dispensary; the commission resisted the suit on the ground that as a court and as a representative of the state it could not be sued; the circuit court and the circuit court of appeals overruled this plea and put the funds into the hands of a receiver; but in April 1909 this famous cause was closed by the decision of the Federal Supreme Court, upholding the commission and restoring to it the fund.
A state dispensary system for the sale of intoxicating liquors was authorized by the constitution, but the popular vote in 1908 was unfavourable to the continuance of the system, the sentiment seeming to be for rigid prohibition of the sale of intoxicating liquors.