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Maryland’s Top Tax Official: End Government Booze Monopoly


Every day, scores of residents leave Montgomery County to buy alcohol in the District, Northern Virginia and Prince George’s County. This shouldn’t be surprising, considering you can buy a bottle of Absolut vodka for 42 percent less or a bottle of Patrón Silver tequila for 26 percent less than what you’d pay at a government-run store just by crossing the Montgomery County line.

Unlike any other jurisdiction in Maryland, Montgomery County directly controls both the retail sales of liquor and the wholesale distribution system. Therefore, every alcoholic beverage bought in Montgomery County, including beer and wine or an adult beverage at a restaurant or bar, must be purchased through the government…. (Read more at the Washington Post)