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MORE CHOICES & LOWER PRICES

MISSION

 

Improving alcohol laws that benefit Maryland consumers since 2005

ECONOMIC IMPACT

Modern alcohol laws mean ensuring a more free and fair market. Allowing chain stores to sell alcohol would significantly help balance Maryland’s budget while also delivering more choice and lower prices, to the tune of over $100 million. We have many funding priorities in Maryland like schools, better public safety and helping the Chesapeake Bay. Legalizing chain store sales can help us achieve more of these initiatives.

CONVENIENCE

Think of all the time you’ll save and less hassle you’ll deal with once chain stores can sell alcohol! No running to multiple stores to find your favorite brands, no need to plan a special trip, no need to worry about when they’re open, and fewer miles on your car. With so much else being delivered to your door, wouldn’t it be great if alcohol could be too? Of course, more choices also mean better selection, lower prices, and more promotions.

MORE CHOICES & LOWER PRICES

With about 100,000 different wine brands sold in the US, no one retailer can possibly carry everything. Adding chain stores to the Maryland retail alcohol landscape means you're more likely to find your favorite brands or discover new ones. Greater selection also means lower prices. In fact, the FTC found prices could go down as much as 21% with more choices. MBBWL research found a 33% difference for a popular bottle at a chain store compared to independent liquor stores in Maryland.

WHO WE ARE

  • We are a 15-year-old growing coalition of 10,000+ consumers, businesses, and community organizations that advocate for improved alcohol laws in Maryland.

  • Our vision is to make Maryland one of the most progressive states regarding alcohol regulation by enabling consumers, producers, and retailers through more choice and increased competition.

  • Our effort is a continuation that led to winery direct shipping and fairer treatment and expansion of Maryland wineries and craft breweries.

  • Our members include consumers, producers, retailers, distributors and restaurateurs.

Step into the future of Maryland retail by modernizing Prohibition-style alcohol laws.

Say "NO" to the alcohol cartel with its outdated rules and usher in a new era of choice and convenience while generating over $100 million in economic benefits.

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News

NEW POLL:

Marylanders Overwhelmingly support sale of beer and wine in grocery stores.

Press Release

01.07.20

LEGISLATIVE:

Franchot reverses position, wants alcohol sales in Maryland grocery stores.

Video

05.23.18

SOLD:

Should Beer, Wine Be

Sold In Md. Grocery

Stores?

Video

05.24.18

IMPACT

Our work takes a step towards Maryland legislation better reflecting the interests of the public. Pressed-for-time adults in growing Maryland counties could pick up their favorite alcohol to go with dinner without having to make an extra stop at the liquor store. Local craft breweries, wineries and distillers will get a chance to make their products more accessible; and grocery and convenience stores will finally have their chance to participate in a more free and fair market.

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