LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Self-serve beer and wine could be in the works for Michigan bars and restaurants.
A rule change proposed by the state Liquor Control Commission would have Michigan join other states that permit such sales.
The proposal falls in line with an effort by the commission to update regulations dating to the post-Prohibition era and shed ones that no longer make sense.
Commission Chairman Andrew Deloney says: “We feel it is something folks in the industry would want to have available, but at the same time we recognize the issue of public health.” The commission decided against having liquor included in the proposal.
The proposed change, however, is drawing opposition from groups that fear self-serve options could lead to more alcoholism and underage drinking.
Self-serve beer vending machines are already in use in several major league baseball stadiums across the United States.