Michigan liquor regulators lift half-mile rule for liquor stores


DrinksReform.org has previously highlighted Michigan's "half-mile rule," which prohibits liquor stores in the state from operating within a half-mile radius of each other. According to The Detroit News, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission has voted to repeal the rule, although there's a chance the state legislature could overrule the commission and keep the rule in place:

"The Michigan Liquor Control Commission on Tuesday voted to lift a long-standing rule prohibiting liquor stores from operating within a half-mile of each other, advancing the plan despite opposition from existing owners and public safety concerns.

Approval from the three-member panel allows the rule-making process to proceed following a contentious public comment period. Michigan legislators could still intervene before the rule is officially revoked..."

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