R Street's Kevin Kosar discusses Maryland alcohol laws:
Maryland’s Montgomery County is a nice place. Its western border runs along the Potomac River and its southern territory abuts Washington. Many folks who work in the district settle in Bethesda and other parts of Montgomery County, as the schools tend to be better and the property prices lower. It is Maryland’s richest county, and boasts many attractions.
But Montgomery County is a case study in the peril of allowing the government to enter the drinks business. In short, once the government gets in, it is very hard to get it out, no matter how badly it performs.
Maryland has a local-control law that gives counties great discretion to decide how they want to regulate alcoholic beverages. Montgomery County uses this authority with unabashed gusto....