Maryland Comptroller Comes Out in Support of Grocery Store Beer Sales


We've been following Maryland's beer reform debate over the past year, which culminated in a legislative reform package proposed by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot's task force. Franchot has been an outspoken advocate for overhauling Maryland's outdated beer laws, although some state lawmakers have been resistant to his ideas. In recent comments to the Baltimore Business Journal, Franchot added to his reform ideas by speaking out in favor of Maryland groceries being allowed to sell beer:

Comptroller Peter Franchot wants Maryland to join a majority of the U.S. and allow beer and wine sales in all grocery stores, marking a reversal from a previous stance he had on the issue as recently as last fall.

The Democratic comptroller said in an interview this week with the Business Journal that the move to legalize alcohol sales in supermarkets would "provide a shot in the arm" to local craft brewers, an industry he has been seeking to reform for more than a year...

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