Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Beer, Wine and Groceries

A new statewide poll has found that Marylanders overwhelming support changing the states antiquated liquor laws to permit beer and wine to be purchased in grocery stores. According to this story on wbaltv.com, “a majority of Marylanders like the idea of being able to buy booze at the same place where they buy their groceries.”

“The latest Gonzales poll done in September shows that 64 percent of those surveyed said they favor being able to buy beer and wine at shops like grocery, drug or convenience stores.”

I wouldn't get my hopes up about this changing anytime soon though. As the recent failed attempt to put a liquor store in the new Wegmans store demonstrated, the Maryland Licensed Beverage Association has an out-sized influence in maintaining the status quo at the expense of consumers.

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