Colorado panel rejects limits on full-strength beer at grocers, convenience stores

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Last year, Colorado passed legislation that loosened the state's retailing restrictions on full-strength beer, as well as enacting other reforms (previously covered here on DrinksReform.org). To hammer out the exact details of implementing this legislation, the state created an advisory panel, which makes recommendations to the state legislature. According to the Denver Business Journal, the panel recently weighed in against a proposal that would have limited the types and amounts of stronger beer that groceries and convenience stores could sell under the new law:

"A working group of interested parties Friday overwhelmingly rejected a controversial proposal to have the Colorado Legislature limit the amount and strength of beer that grocers and convenience stores can begin selling in 2019.

Instead, the panel recommended that the Legislature allow all current licenses for selling low-strength beer to convert seamlessly into licenses for full-strength beer at that time.

With that, a committee that has been meeting since August 2016 dispatched what is likely to be its final report on how the state should implement Senate Bill 197, a law passed last year that makes the most substantial changes to alcohol sales in Colorado since the end of Prohibition in 1933.

And it is now up to the Legislature to decide how, if at all, to implement the changes the group has backed..."

Read the full story about implementing Colorado's reforms here.