Liquor Monopoly of Maryland

As one of the few remaining jurisdictions under “control” laws, local citizens and businesses of Montgomery County in Maryland are extremely limited when it comes to finding vendors of alcohol. Under the law, the state¬†government is the only operation allowed to take ownership and distribute spirits with limited vendors able to sell beer and wine. Due to the control law, all other potential vendors are restricted from the industry. The law creates a barrier to entry and gives the government the power of a monopoly. The article goes to explain the complications of the monopoly in detailing its dysfunctions in delivery, customer service, and poor selection. However, the Department of Liquor Control (DLC) is unfortunately and absolutely allowed to run their business as inconveniently as possible as they have no competition to lose customers to under the power of their monopoly.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/montgomerys-unbreakable-liquor-monopoly/2016/11/20/763cb68c-addd-11e6-8b45-f8e493f06fcd_story.html?utm_term=.aac237e9f663

2 Comments »

  1. Nicky Tynan Said,

    December 2, 2016 @ 4:09 pm

    This is a good example of a rise in the cost to consumers in the form of quality as a result of barriers to entry.

  2. simmonsc Said,

    December 3, 2016 @ 8:53 pm

    This is a good examples of a Monopoly as by a barrier of entry. As a someone from Maryland, I do find it quite strange to go into a Walmart or such and to find them selling alcohol, as that isn’t legal in Maryland. So, I don’t see it. I also have noticed that prices for alcohol in Maryland are typically higher than in other states, and this falls inline with the idea of the Maryland State Government having a monopoly on alcohol.

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