Friday, March 28, 2008

Hey Ritter Sign That Sunday Liquor Law Already

On March 20th, the Colorado Senate gave their approval to State Bill 82 by a 25-9 margin which would allow Sunday liquor sales in Colorado for the first time in over 4 decades. Colorado is one of just a handful of states that still prohibit full strength beer and liquor from being sold on Sunday. Governor Ritter has held the bill in his office for 8 days now and is still undecided on whether to sign the bill into law. If signed, the law would go into effect on July 1st of this year. Ritter has stated that he wanted to study both sides of the issue before deciding whether to approve it, ignore it or veto it. Either way, he has a deadline of Sunday March 30th to make a decision.

Proponents of the bill say that this law would increase tax revenues for the state. Opponents are worried that all hell will break loose (much like it does on any other day) and will increase the number of drunks on the roads and encourage more underage drinking on Sundays. Will it? Think about it. Right now, if someone wants a drink on Sundays, they either would have to have some liquor left over from their last purchase or else they have to go out (and drive) to a bar or restaurant to drink, or have to narrow their choices and buy cheap 3.2 beer at a grocery store. By allowing Sunday sales, people could stock up any day of the week they wish and be able to consume it more easily in their homes and not have to drive.

Let's face it, prohibition failed almost 75 years ago to the date because the law was basically unenforceable. People wanted their beer and no law was going to stop them from drinking it. Right now, the current law only encourages people to go OUT to consume liquor on Sundays. Passing the law would enable us to buy it on Sunday and would allow us to more easily consume our beverages at HOME. I seriously doubt that allowing Sunday liquor sales is going to drive up consumption. It will merely allow more flexibility to purchase at a more convenient time and spread out our purchases. Banning sales on Sunday push people to buy more on Fridays and Saturdays in order to have something available to them on Sunday if they wish. In some cases that might lead people to drink more than they really wanted to on Fridays and Saturdays because they stocked up and they got tempted to drink their Sunday reserve earlier.

I've often experienced that I didn't have time to go out on Friday or Saturday to buy some beer and found myself without any beer to drink on Sunday. My only choice at that point would be to go to a bar or restaurant to get a drink. I simply refuse to buy limited variety swill at a grocery store as I prefer to drink the more flavorful craft beers. I want a variety when I shop for beer, not the few choices that supermarkets offer on Sundays.

Getting rid of the blue law on Sunday is simply bringing our state up to modern times. I really hope that Governor Ritter signs the bill into law. It's about time.

Related articles:
- One less blue law in Colorado
- Sunday liquor sales legalized in Colorado
- Liquor now sold 7 days a week in Colorado

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