he proposal would allow more food stores -- think Cumberland Farms,
Targets or Wal-Marts that sell groceries and other similar stores -- to sell beer and wine. Under the law now, food store companies can hold up to nine alcohol retail licenses in Massachusetts as of the start of this year.
There's a close relationship between the number and concentration of alcohol outlets and violent crime.
In Baltimore, each additional alcohol outlet in a given neighborhood is associated with a 2.2 percent increase in violent crime and each additional outlet selling alcohol for off-premises consumption -- the type of Massachusetts license that would be affected by the proposed ballot question -- is associated with a 4.8 percent increase in violent crime