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Baltimore County takes a shot at liquor license reform

Baltimore County takes a shot at liquor license reform

Maryland's liquor laws may be byzantine and inscrutable in general, but only those who live in Baltimore County (or Baltimore City, which operates similarly) have likely witnessed full regulatory madness. The county's system for licensing the sale of alcohol has achieved the distinction of being simultaneously both too lax and too restrictive, while preventing some businesses from entering the market and others from leaving it — even as they teeter on the edge of bankruptcy. Think that might be an exaggeration? If anything, we're being too kind. In particular, when it comes to the licensing of restaurants that simply want to serve a cocktail or bottle of wine with a...

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