You probably have your opinions about whether or not it would be a good idea to sell alcoholic beverages. You probably also agree that if a bunch of people want to allow it and you don’t, or vice versa, the majority can make the bed everybody sleeps in. Well, it’s just not that simple. Have a read to see how a majority can be overrun due to local legislation that had to sit four years waiting for changes in state law. As it turns out, the virtue of alcohol sales is in fact a function of mile markers, lobbying manufacturers, and other goodies.

“For example, if someone was having the Harley rally, then on the grounds where the Harley rally was, we would be able to issue them a one-time permit for that facility,” [Collette Coggins, chairman of the Tribal ABC Commission] explained. “If somebody comes along and they want to build a brewery on the boundary, it gives [the ABC board] the ability to issue a permit.”