The Missouri legislature is addressing a raging dispute between the people who make alcoholic beverages and the distributors who get it to market. Kansas is deciding if grocery and convenience stores can sell hard liquor and full-strength beer. The debates involve how
liquor is sold, how much you pay for it, and how many choices you have at the bar or liquor store. And the stakes are enormous. Selling booze is a multi-million-dollar business, involving dozens of firms, thousands of workers and millions in tax revenue.