Colorado battling over beer strength

From the Denver Daily News:

DENVER, CO -- Several lawmakers and others converged on the state Capitol yesterday to demand the defeat of a bill allowing the sale of full-strength beer in grocery stores and convenience stores.

The bill, HB 1192, sponsored by Rep. Buffie McFadyen, D-Pueblo West, and Sen. Jennifer Veiga, D-Denver, seeks to allow grocers and convenience stores to be able to sell “full-strength beer,” which is beer with more than 3.2% alcohol. Currently only liquor stores in Colorado can sell full-strength beer, and since the legislature passed a law last year allowing the sale of liquor on Sundays, grocers and convenience stores have reported a 68% drop in sales of 3.2 beer.

But those who spoke yesterday against the bill, which included several lawmakers, representatives from area cities and representatives from Mothers Against Drunk Driving, said in a press release that the bill will hurt in the fight against underage drinking.

One contention they have is that the bill would allow grocery store workers and convenience store workers who are under the age of 21 to be able to sell full-strength beer. Clerks at liquor stores must be at least 21, they point out.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So, will liquor stores be able to sell food now so that they can have other revenue streams other than beer. Convience stores and grocery stores have food revenue that they depend on, liquor stores can only sell alcohol. I would say that would become a complete disadvantange to liquor stores. They depend only on Liquor revenue, nothing else. Why does nobody understand that!!! State liquor laws state that there has to be a certain distance between liquor stores. Most liquor stores that are in a grocery store anchor are within that distance, so by law, grocery stores would not be able to get a full strength liquor license. What about that?

And…..with the economy the way it is do we really want to see more people lose there jobs. The liquor stores will have to lose employees (and they will lose there benefits)but the grocery stores will not be hiring additional employees. Do we really want to see more empty retail space???

Other states that have been selling liquor in the grocery stores have been doing it for a very long time. The liquor stores that survive in these states sell many other products in there stores that Colorado liquor stores are unable to sell because of state liquor laws.

Stand up for the small business owners in Colorado not the huge grocery store chains!

This is not the time!!!!