Why Georgia Cities Should Embrace Open Container Laws

shutterstock_1200316711.jpg

R Street has voiced support for modest expansions of open container laws (or, alternatively, open container zones) in cities as a way to spark urban renewal and allow citizens to have responsible fun outdoors. R Street’s Marc Hyden writes for Insider Advantage about why more cities in Georgia should embrace such an approach:

Anything worth doing is worth taking your time to do, according to an old proverb. While there’s a kernel of truth to this platitude, the state of Georgia apparently took this advice to the extreme. Consider this: The United States ratified the 21st Amendment to repeal Prohibition in 1933. Georgia, on the other hand, still hasn’t ratified it. But that may change soon, because Rep. Scot Turner, R-Holly Springs, recently pre-filed HR 4 to formally approve the 21st Amendment.

Thankfully, this isn’t the only long-overdue alcohol regulation that is finally getting attention in Georgia. Indeed, the Peach State has been gradually liberalizing its puritanical alcohol statutes. Lawmakers have relaxed regulations on Sunday alcohol sales and on breweries and distilleries, and have enacted ordinances permitting open container districts in AlpharettaAcworthCantonDuluthSmyrnaStockbridgeSavannah, etc. These efforts coincide with the ongoing national movement to allow open-air drinking in entertainment districts across the country. Now, it appears that Kennesaw might be the next city to modernize its alcohol laws by creating an open container district. There are many reasons why it should consider such a move…

Read the rest here.

UPDATE: Kennesaw, Georgia’s city council heeded Marc Hyden’s call and has officially approved two open container districts within city limits.