The small liquor outlet situated neatly in a corner of Morgan Drug Store in the city’s old town district is a bit of an enigma.
Drug stores routinely stock liquor in states such as California and Nevada. But in Utah, Morgan County’s single liquor outlet is also the state’s only pharmacy authorized to sell alcohol, as well, under the package agency system. The system in place since the 1930s enables the state, which otherwise controls liquor sales, to turn them over to private businesses in hamlets and outlying communities, where it would have been difficult to rake in big profits with its state-run stores.
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