liquor ABC laws

  • Post

    Biggest Obstacle for ABC Reform? Local Governments

    The News & Observer recently published an article predicting a proposed ABC reform bill will not pick up much traction. JLF’s Jon Sanders published a research brief examining the largest obstacle for any ABC reform legislation: local governments. Sanders writes: Ever since 1937, North Carolina has been a “control state”…
    Brenee Goforth, February 5, 2020
  • Post

    The wild card in modernizing liquor sales in NC

    How do we get around artificial problems created by a needlessly complex state/local government hybrid system set up to control alcohol sales that, after the fact, became attractive to state and local government to deliver monopoly revenues?
    Jon Sanders, February 3, 2020
  • Post

    Why does North Carolina have these alcohol restrictions?

    There are plenty of small restrictions in North Carolina on buying and selling legal alcoholic products that are worth asking questions about. Here are several.
    Jon Sanders, January 29, 2020
  • Post

    Becki Gray Comments on ABC Privatization on After Spin!

    This week, an installment of NCSPIN’s “After SPIN!” featured JLF’s Becki Gray. Becki spoke with the show’s host, Tom Campbell, and president of Raleigh-based consulting firm Campaign Connections, Brad Crone, about the potential privatization of North Carolina’s alcohol sales. Gray was clearly in favor of privatization, commenting to Campbell: “I…
    Brenee Goforth, September 13, 2019
  • Post

    CJ Commentary: N.C. sells liquor through 170 independent, political boards: What could go wrong?

    On Friday, Carolina Journal’s John Trump published an opinion piece on North Carolina’s government-run liquor business. Trump explains Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, has sponsored legislation in the General Assembly that would alter the state’s monopoly on liquor sales. According to Trump: House Bill 971, which McGrady sponsored, languished in the…
    Brenee Goforth, August 19, 2019
  • Post

    Yes, we can have more alcohol freedom in NC

    Now that Senate Bill 290 and House Bill 363 have both passed and become law, I thought it timely to update the "What we can't have in NC" chart from my report earlier this year on North Carolina's ABC laws.
    Jon Sanders, July 31, 2019
  • Post

    General Assembly relaxes restrictions on craft distilleries

    This bill would free up craft distilleries from burdensome rules that many of their peers in other states don't have to deal with. This could be particularly helpful for North Carolina's distilleries because distilleries are so dependent upon sales to local consumers.
    Jon Sanders, July 16, 2019
  • Post

    How boosting distilleries can boost local communities

    Since the end of Prohibition, NC distilleries have faced a very restrictive regulatory environment, even more so than wineries and breweries. The good news is that relaxing these restrictions can bring about catch-up growth in the distillery industry here.
    Jon Sanders, June 17, 2019