The first country, which banned Absinthe was Switzerland in the year 1910. The US followed in 1912 (for “protective” measures), France decided to give death to the Green Fairy in 1915 and Germany followed in 1923. The only countries, which never banned Absinthe were Spain and the UK.
It took until the late 1980s for Absinthe to begin to be legally accepted once again. In 1988, the French government passed a decree based on World Health Organization protocols that effectively relegagilzed the Green Fairy, by defining the limit of the chemicals that were thought to be dangerous – naturally found in wormwood (thujon), fennel (fenchone) and hyssop. Nevertheless the new hype around Absinthe started some years later, approx. in 2000 when movies like Moulin Rouge featured the drink of godness which increased the awareness and interest level for the Green Fairy!
The legalization of Absinthe in the US took until 2007. It was the result of many petitions send to the government by Swiss and American interest groups asking for an explanation of the legality of Absinthe prohibition. Nowadays the distribution and manufacture of Absinthe is once again legal, although some limits regarding the thujon level have to be respected.