The national prohibition of alcohol began 100 years ago today. It started three years previous in Vermont, but today the prohibition experience still influences how Vermont sells, taxes and regulates alcohol.
"Vermont requires a separation between the manufacturing, distribution and retail of alcohol — known as a three-tier system. "Generally that's kind of the core skeleton of our state's alcohol laws," Skyler Genest, director of compliance and enforcement with the Division of Liquor Control, said. Vermont has operated as a "control" state since the 1930s. Today, the model allows the state to be the only importer of spirits. Rather than running state-owned outlets, Vermont works with private businesses that retail the product.
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