Ohio Cracks Down on Secondary Alcohol Sales

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Secondary market booze sales (i.e., sales of alcohol that was previously purchased, even if still unopened) is mostly illegal in the United States. R Street’s Kevin Kosar has written about why this market should be legalized and brought out of the shadows. While states like Kentucky have recently made modest moves toward liberalizing their secondary alcohol markets, Ohio has escalated a crackdown of such sales according to the Freemont News Messenger:

In December, agents with the Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU) teamed up with Ohio Liquor Control (OHLQ), charging five people throughout Ohio after an investigation into secondary market liquor sales.

Secondary market liquor sales often take place on web sites, such as Craigslist and Facebook groups and Marketplace. An example of secondary sales is when sellers go to other states, purchase bottles of liquor not found or difficult to find in Ohio and turn around to resell them. In Ohio, consumers may only purchase spirituous liquor from authorized sources such as an OHLQ location, which are private businesses that sell the product on behalf of the state of Ohio or permitted retail establishments, such as bars and restaurants…

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