by Jon Sanders
Director of the Center for Food, Power, and Life, Research Editor, John Locke Foundation
In two reports this year, the John Locke Foundation has made the case for modernizing and adopting a license model for liquor sales in North Carolina. That’s the kind of model North Carolina already has for beer and wine.
Our top three recommendations for this change are these:
For more information about what HB 971 would do, go here.
Incidentally, our fourth recommendation is:
Remove any anticompetitive restrictions and areas of overregulation in rules governing the alcohol industry. State regulations should be light and sensible and not devolve into red tape and arbitrary restrictions. A good indicator of the latter is when other states’ regulators allow certain activities that North Carolina forbids.
That recommendation is also being addressed, first by the signing of HB 363 into law giving craft breweries more freedom to self-distribute, and now by HB 378, which would relax several restrictions against distilleries.