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COVID-19 has nudged some states to update thier archaic drinks laws—but more reform is needed

Jarrett Dieterle writes in the Washington Post:

“In the age of quarantines and social distancing, most Americans can order a car, a weekly allotment of groceries and a Michelin-star meal to their door. But while all these modern conveniences can be expected to continue well beyond the current pandemic, Maryland and Virginia have so far refused to allow alcohol to join the party….”


“Modernizing alcohol laws can have economy-wide effects. The drinks sector has shown promising job growth in recent years, including producing some of the most manufacturing job gains of any industry. These jobs will be at a particular premium in the months ahead as increasing numbers of Americans find themselves displaced from work. Allowing craft producers additional opportunities to sell their products will grow their businesses and enable them to hire new employees.”