Selling lemonade, raw milk, or any other comestible is not a crime. That is the message of the second annual Lemonade Freedom Day. The event, to be held at the U.S. Capitol’s reflecting pool at noon Saturday, is being organized by the groups Lemonade Freedom Day and the Raw Milk Freedom Riders, both of which want the government to stop interfering in voluntary exchanges between food producers and food consumers.
The Lemonade Freedom Day organization is drawing attention to the increasing number of incidents in which local officials have shut down children’s lemonade stands because the kids hadn’t obtained the proper permits or were otherwise violating ordinances known only to the bureaucrats.
“Police in Midway, Georgia shut down a lemonade stand run by three girls trying to make money for a trip to a water park in Savannah because the youngsters didn’t have the license and permits required for their fledgling enterprise,” The New American reported last summer. “City ordinances require a business license, a peddler’s permit, and a food permit for the vending of food or beverages, even on residential property.”
The Freedom Center of Missouri has an entire page devoted to these ongoing assaults on liberty, including a U.S. map showing where each incident took place.
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