By Ken Selvaggi WAVE 3 Vice President and General Manager
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - You used to need a prescription to buy alcohol in Kentucky. That was back in Prohibition days. Since we no longer need to buy bourbon with a prescription we should be able to buy it at more places than pharmacies – like grocery stores and convenience stores.
You can certainly fill a prescription now at most groceries. You can even buy beer there. Just not alcohol.
We applaud a recent ruling by U.S. District Judge John Heyburn that says it is unconstitutional to prohibit selling alcohol at grocery and convenience stores in Kentucky. The judge says it violates the Equal Protection Clause.
Makes perfect sense, but don't expect to pick up a bottle of wine with your grocery items just yet. There is still the appeals process and that could delay this change even longer.
Of course, all of this could have been avoided and still can be avoided if Kentucky lawmakers just pass a bill repealing the archaic law that allows only pharmacies to sell all alcoholic beverages.
It's only fair, logical and constitutional. We encourage lawmakers to do it in their next General Assembly.