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A New System for a New Century
North Carolina, along with 17 other US states maintain a government monopoly on the sales of distilled alcohol. As you might imagine, this system is a relic of the prohibition era and temperance movement. This means there are no private liquor stores and that local ABC managers / boards don't get to talk to or negotiate directly with suppliers. Such a system stands in stark contrast to the beer/wine market which has exploded in North Carolina following the "Pop The Cap" campaign (Beer was previously limited to 6% ABV). There has never been a greater selection of beer in NC or such a robust competition and spirit of innovation. We want to replicate the same revolution that was created for wine/beer with distilled alcohol. There are many varieties and styles of liquor that simply never make it into North Carolina (save for personal importation). To our southern border the state of South Carolina has private stores that are able to compete with each other and work with suppliers to bring in new innovations and hard to find spirits. The consequences to the citizens of North Carolina are clear.
- No competition, all prices are the same state-wide (higher than non-ABC states, usually)
- All product must come through Raleigh, local managers only get to pick from price list
- State officials in charge of primary ordering from suppliers, these are unelected bureaucrats deciding what you should be allowed to have. This is in addition to very comfortable salaries and interaction with producers/suppliers that some might call 'corruption'.
- If it isn't on the price list, you're not going to get it easily
- There is zero incentive for ABC workers to be knowledgeable about what they sell
- You don't get specialty stores (think Bottle Shops)
- Limited availability (425 total retail stores)
- Limited availability translates into lower state revenue
This is an issue which we believe has not had anywhere near enough exposure. We also strongly believe in the bipartisan nature of this proposal and that many citizens of North Carolina would easily agree this is the right thing to do. Of course, there are many other laws on the books relating to alcohol that could use serious reform -- we will be talking about those also in the future.