Which made interesting reading, even for those of us who haven’t had a law class since the late 1970s. Federal judge John G. Heyburn II ruled that the that Kentucky law that prohibited grocery stores from selling liquor but that allowed drug stores to do so was unconstitutional. Heyburn wrote that it seemed kind of silly that “a grocery-selling drugstore like Walgreens may sell wine and liquor, but a pharmaceutical-selling grocery store like Kroger cannot.”
That’s the good news for those who want to see wine sold in grocery stores in the 19 or so states where it’s illegal. The bad news, as my pal and attorney Lou Bright (one of the top liquor lawyers in the country) told me, is that the decision will have almost no effect anywhere but in Kentucky, given how unique the state’s law is.
In addition, Lou said, the distinction between which stores could sell liquor and which couldn’t “was drawn on a factor that didn’t have anything to do with the sale of alcoholic beverages or any policy interest related to them.” So the judge’s decision was reasonably straightforward.
How often does that happen in liquor law?