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Some State Booze Laws Are Improving, Others Are Only Getting Worse


Added 06-15-19 08:21:02am EST - “The moral arc of the universe is actually a squiggly line” - Reason.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reason.com: “Some State Booze Laws Are Improving, Others Are Only Getting Worse”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

This month, Denver announced it would roll back some restrictions on drinking in public. Elsewhere, a new North Carolina law loosened some beer-distribution rules.

State (and local) alcohol laws are forever changing. Often, as in Denver and North Carolina, the changes are welcome.

That's also the case in Connecticut, where a law will allow out-of-state wine stores and retailers to ship wine to state residents. And it's true in Kansas, where a new law allows the sale of beers up to 6% ABV in grocery stores.

In many cases, one could be forgiven for a creeping sense of optimism. Wow, it's great that's legal now. But I tend to think otherwise: Why the heck wasn't that legal until now?

Still, my pessimism over the slow pace of progress is tempered by the fact that these incremental changes for the better are so often juxtaposed against far worse things—namely awful booze laws that won't change or, worse still, lousy, laws that have only recently found their way onto the books.

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