Prohibitionists Oppose Relaxation of Liquor Rules
Article from For Liberty by Norm Leahy.
Alcohol prohibition may have officially ended in the 1930s, but prohibitionists are still with us today, and still working to rid the land of demon rum and John Barelycorn.
The prohibitionists’ latest target is restaurants serving alcohol in outdoor settings or via carry out in response to coronavirus restrictions. As Reason’s Baylen Linneken writes, government deregulation of alcohol sales has helped some restaurants survive. For the prohibitionists, even an emergency rollback of the rules is unacceptable:
Alcohol Justice is one such voice. The Marin County, California-based nonprofit, which pledges to “hold Big Alcohol accountable,” has been busy combating temporary (nevermind permanent) rollbacks of alcohol regulations…
“Cities in Marin could soon end up looking like seedy, inebriated Bourbon Street in New Orleans, under the guise of reviving patronage for a few struggling licensees” who sell booze, Alcohol Justice’s Michael Scippa argued in a Marin Independent Journal op-ed last week.
It’s an argument in control, and fear, that would have made the hatchet-wielding Carrie Nation proud.
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