16 December 2010

The Surprise Consequences of Lobbying

For the last three years, convenience and grocery store owners in Colorado have been lobbying the state legislature for the right to sell high alcohol beer.  They have been restricted to selling lower alcohol beers, like Budweiser, Coors and Guinness.  Liquor stores and bars, who opposed the law change, can sell beers with higher alcohol, but were not legally allowed to sell those low alcohol beers, but law enforcement always looked the other way.  (The law was imposed to keep higher alcohol beers out of convenience stores because teens with fake IDs tend to hang out there.)

Not for much longer.

Figuring that if they can't sell high alcohol beers, grocery and convenience store owners asked the legislature if they would start enforcing the tiered sales system.  Lawmakers agreed.  Beginning in January, liquor stores and bars will no longer be allowed to sell Budweiser, Miller, Coors and Guinness.

So if you are going skiing in Colorado, and you drink light beer, you won't be able to get it in a bar.  All because some busybody reasoned that C-stores sell beer, teens hang out at C-stores, therefore, teens buy beer at C-stores.

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