Utah citizens angry about strict liquor rules

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January 14, 2012


Utah's state government has long had strict control over the distribution and sale of alcoholic beverages. It is a business that costs the state roughly $300 million a year.[1]

Many citizens are now fed up with the strict control the state has on the alcohol market. Many of these complaints come from restaurant and club owners and those who just enjoy a drink.[1]

Democratic leaders in the Utah Legislature recently held a forum where citizens voiced their concerns about the system and the series of odd and difficult to follow rules that go with it. David Morris, a pub owner, complained that the laws denied his Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights granted by the U.S. Constitution. He said, "If I mess up, and I can be charged criminally and administratively. And [an officer with a] badge can walk in and confiscate anything they want."[1]

Spencer Young, a self-described biblical scholar, said "The Republicans who dominate the Legislature and statehouse believe in the free market. Why wouldn’t we privatize liquor?”[1]


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