Bacanora was in Prohibition from the early 1900’s until 1992.
On August 8, 1915, General Plutarco Elias Calles, as governor of Sonora, enacted prohibition on Bacanora punishable by a five- year term. The general set out to eradicate Bacanora viewing the moonshine as hedonistic and immoral.
Bacanora distillers kept their passion alive illegally and hidden from sight.
As the rise of Mezcal came into play, a movement was created to bring back Bacanora. Jesus Enriquez Burgos led the effort along with an attorney. The ban was lifted in 1992.