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Poll: Maryland residents support alcohol sales in grocery store chains

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Posted at 10:36 AM, Sep 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-18 10:36:33-04

BALTIMORE — An advocacy group released a poll Thursday, which found Maryland residents support alcohol being sold in grocery stores by a 2 to 1margin.

The survey was conducted by Marylanders for Better Beer and Wine Laws, who has lobbied the state to legalize alcohol sales at chain grocers, since 2012.

According to the group, those surveyed cited greater convenience and lower alcohol prices as their reasoning for wanting alcohol on grocery store shelves.

Members of the group claim 98 percent of Americans have the option of buying beer at a grocery chain with 85 percent able to purchase wine.

Maryland is one of three states prohibiting beer sales at grocery stores and one of ten outlawing wine.

The survey found 71% support beer in chain stores while 73% support wine.

They claim support for this is similar to that of gambling and marijuana legalization, and could generate hundreds of millions of dollars for the state.

Only three percent of survey participants were concerned about small private liquor stores being impacted.