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State Owned Liquor Stores Explained

We think the 21st Amendment did more good than harm when it abolished Prohibition, but like most laws, it had unintended consequences. It gave purview over the sale and distribution of booze to each individual state. That system not only means you can’t get certain brands in certain places and that deliveries can go awry. It also means that some state governments have taken complete control of liquor stores. They’re known as ABC (alcoholic beverage control) states.

Unlike states that opt for free enterprise or those that license “package stores” (where private retailers must specially package liquor before letting it out the door), control states completely and totally command the sale of alcohol. There are pros and cons to state control, but navigating them does take a little know-how—so here’s how… read more >

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