NC Reps push for alcohol provision during RNC

“Extending the ‘Last Call’ time would be up to the individual businesses, and would be a huge boom, for modernization of our state’s alcohol policy. Not only would clubs, bars, and restaurants have more flexibility, but consumers would also have a bigger range of options to choose from, and that could finally provide an incentive to lawmakers to update our state’s antiquated alcohol laws. “Bringing North Carolina into the 21st Century when it comes to alcohol policy should be a priority for state legislators, and that is something that should be embraced for all North Carolina residents, not just when […]

End North Carolina’s archaic monopoly on liquor sales

When it comes to alcohol policy, North Carolina is more an outlier than exemplar. Though ours is among 17 states with an alcohol control system, where the state retains monopoly control of part of the alcohol trade, it stands out as one of the most restrictive. Private liquor stores are banned, prices are fixed, and a Prohibition-era mentality still pervades the plethora of alcohol regulations overseen by the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. There are 168 individual local boards that control liquor, a bizarre and fractured system in which politicians and administrators determine everything from prices on bottles of tequila […]

N.C. alcohol rules should join the 21st century

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