Upcoming Alcohol Policy Panel with R Street's Jarrett Dieterle

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The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a state-based think tank in Michigan, is hosting a panel on the overregulation of alcohol on May 30th in Lansing, Michigan. R Street's Jarrett Dieterle will be one of the panelists, along with Prof. Anthony Davies of Duquesne University and former Michigan Liquor Control Commissioner Jim Storey. Here's the event description:

With backyard wineries, micro-distilleries and craft breweries popping up all over the place, Michigan is home to a diverse assortment of alcohol producers. But the local beer, wine and liquor industries have to navigate through a mountain of alcohol regulations, which are far above those used in most surrounding states.

Michigan’s rules about alcohol production, distribution and sales are complex. The state has restrictions on what can be produced, a strict monopoly system for distribution and imposes price controls on sellers. Many of these regulations were originally crafted some 80 years ago in the post-Prohibition era.

So what are the effects? Defenders of the status quo argue that the current system is necessary to protect the alcohol-consuming public from itself, while reformers say Michigan’s rules hamper competition, increase costs for consumers and provide no tangible positive health and safety effects. This panel will discuss Michigan’s current regulatory system, present research on state-by-state comparisons and offer different regulatory options Michigan policymakers might consider.

To RSVP or learn more about the event, click here.