I always thought that the liquor laws in Missouri were very strict. I believe this was because young kids could drive twenty minutes over on the border into Illinois and buy liquor. It seemed there were lots of liquor laws: can’t order it on Election Day, can’t buy it on Sunday, have to be 21 to drink, can’t have an open container in your car.
As it turns out — and this is another instance of the Man changing the rules and not letting me know — turns out most of those laws are no longer on the books. But they are in my head. As recently as last month I took pains to move an un-corked bottle of wine to the trunk of my car so I wouldn’t drive with booze at the ready.
In fact, only Nevada and New Orleans have laxer liquor laws than Missouri. And with Anheuser-Busch running the show here in St. Louis, I imagine someday there will be drive-through liquor stores like they have in New Orleans.
Strange to think that Missouri is less conservative than other states in this one aspect.