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APPROVALS – PROPS 124, 125, 126: Yes to the inevitable changes in liquor sales

NOTNot only do Colorado voters decide who decides in this year’s important and varied midterm elections in 2022, but they also play lawmakers.

Colorado regularly offers voters the opportunity to create policies and laws from the ballot box. The variety of proposals this year is no exception.

Here is part of a series of Colorado Sentinel Editorial board recommendations to voters for this year.

PROPS 124, 125, 126: Vote “yes” on the inevitable alcohol proposals

Voters should score a reluctant yes on Proposition 125, open wine sales at grocery stores and offer easy yeses on Propositions 124 and 126.

Colorado liquor retailers who warned that full-strength beer in grocery stores would wipe out generations of mom-and-pop liquor store businesses across the state were mostly right.

Although 2019’s full-strength beer shift in grocery stores has not, so far, led to widespread closures of small stores, it has led to Proposition 125.

This election measure would allow grocery stores to sell wine in addition to beer at any of their stores that currently hold beer licenses. they cling. Losing that much or more in wine sales may be the tipping point for many small liquor businesses, but change is inevitable.

Consumers demand convenience and, in some cases, competitive pricing. Giant, deep-pocketed grocery companies will continue to fund these ballot issues until they win.

There’s no shortage of red flags here as industry giants Safeway-Albertsons and Kroger talk of a mega merger. Moreover, allowing the sale of wine raises the question of why stop there?

No doubt voters will one day decide whether all alcohol should be available in stores, and why not cannabis products too?

Eliminating small stores creates downstream control of innovation. Small breweries and winemakers, unable to compete with larger operations for new craft breweries or the state’s nascent wine industry, will no longer have easy access to markets. help anyone. Vote yes on Proposition 125 and buy that cheap bottle of white wine at the grocery store when you’re in a hurry, but take the time to research Colorado’s craft beers and wines and encourage a better selection at local liquor stores. .

As for the associated measures, propositions 124 and 126, these are easy yeses.

Proposition 124 simply puts local liquor stores on par with grocery giants, removing unfair restrictions on the number of stores that can be owned in a state.

Proposition 126 only perpetuates a service made popular during the pandemic, allowing customers to buy “take-out” or delivered drinks and alcoholic beverages in restaurants. It’s nothing more than a common-sense convenience and a great deal for everyone.