Booze redo

Bishop says that if Whole Foods Market, Sam’s Club, Walmart, etc. are allowed to sell all alcohol, that “all of that revenue that currently stays in Oklahoma would leave the state” from local liquor merchants. Well, I have traveled extensively in the U.S., and I can safely say that in any other state I have been to, even though Whole Foods, Sam’s and all the rest may sell alcoholic beverages in those states, there are still mom-and-pop liquor stores everywhere in big cities and in small- and medium-sized towns. It has no effect whatsoever. He simply wants business in his sector only to be able to sell — protectionism, plain and simple.

In regards to other laws that would need to be changed:

You can only own one liquor store:

Why is this? What is so wrong about owning more than one liquor store?

You can only sell liquor
in your store. How silly is this? God forbid that you be allowed to
sell bloody mary mix or bubble gum in your liquor store!

You
can’t refrigerate beer and wine in a liquor store. Again, God forbid
someone might take a legally purchased product out of a store and
consume it on the spot! Some people like hot beer — ask the Germans.
Some brewers require their product to be kept under refrigeration, and
as a result of our silly laws they do not allow their product to be sold
in Oklahoma. How does this expand the customer’s options in Oklahoma?
This regulation is worthless.

You
can only buy liquor from an “approved wholesaler.” Again, this is
protectionism from the one or two “approved” wholesalers in Oklahoma in
order to protect their “monopolies.” Liquor merchants should be able to
buy from anyone — Oklahoma wineries, out-of-state legal wineries and
legal wholesalers — no matter where they are. Free commerce is always
the best option.

These
are just a few reasons why I applaud the new Republican-controlled
Oklahoma Legislature in their efforts to bring liquor laws into the 21st
century. I am a Democrat and did not vote for most of those
legislators, but when they propose something that is good for all
Oklahomans, I will support it and them wholeheartedly. It is the right
thing to do in this case.

—Glenn Gore
Taloga

Glenn Gore

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