PENNSYLVANIA -- Our antiquated system of liquor, beer and wine sales might actually be on its way out. It's about time.
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According to Wikipedia, "The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) was established in conjunction with the 21st Amendment
and the repeal of prohibition
In 1933, just four days before the sale of alcohol became legal in
Pennsylvania, the Board was officially organized. Upon its creation,
Governor Gifford Pinchot
stated that the purpose of the Board was to 'discourage the purchase of
alcoholic beverages by making it as inconvenient and expensive as
possible.'" Inconvenient and expensive. Check and check.
Now the head honcho of the PLCB is retiring. Could this mean that the writing is on the wall for Pennsylvania's version of Prohibition? http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/state/liquor-board-ceo-conti-announces-retirement-671165/
That will leave only Utah as the remaining purveyor of alcohol-related confusion. http://reason.com/blog/2013/01/20/a-drink-before-you-order-not-in-utah
Will Pennsylvanians drink more? I don't know, but I doubt it. It's not as though we can't already buy the stuff. But if the PLCB goes bye-bye, eventually I can go into a store where the owner actually knows about wine.