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Alcohol in Colorado grocery stores one step closer to voters

Jessica Fender
The Denver Post

A roomful of lobbyists from all sides of the booze-in-grocery-stores debate watched warily as a ballot initiative relaxing restrictions on wine and full-strength beer sales cleared its first hurdle Tuesday.

The initiative, filed last month, was tweaked and prodded by legislative council and now awaits a hearing with the secretary of state’s office.

Author Blake Harrison, a Denver deputy district attorney, wants to allow grocery and convenience stores to dedicate 5 percent of their floor space to wine and full strength beer. Both are now limited to selling only lower- alcohol beer.

If nothing else, he wants to prompt the legislature to take action, he said.

“We want to make clear that the intent is to encourage the legislative process,” Harrison said.

For more of this Denver Post story: http://www.denverpost.com/ci_13904633


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