Counter-culture Journals (文革)

Counter-culture Journals (文革)

Monday, July 09, 2012

Liquor laws changing in Kansas

From Examiner;

Happy hour, wine sampling, trying micro-brewery beers, it’d hard to believe this is happening in Kansas. But the laws will soon change and these things will be part of a new liquor law voted in by the Kansas Lawmakers.
The idea of sampling liquors before customers buy them is popular also. Wine is the big one. They are expensive and people like to know what they are buying before they take something home. Wichita liquor stores have more different wines for sale that they used to. There are also microbrews that people aren’t sure of buying because they are expensive.
In the last several decades, legislators have banned happy hour, drink specials between a certain times a day. Anti-alcohol crusaders even tried to keep single persons from buying a pitcher. Now things are going the other way.
“We’re happy about happy hour,” said bartender Christina Ghouled. “We’re ready for it.”
Kansas has always had groups that tried to limit or restrict liquor. The religious community, including what we now call the religious right, has been trying to restrict alcohol as much as possible. Some preachers have gone as far as to have near beer, a beer like beverage with alcohol being less than .5 percent, regulated as regular beer.
But there has always been opposition t these strict laws from business people who know they keep a lot of businesses and business people from staying here. At one time it was illegal for airplanes to serve alcohol while flying over Kansas. There have always been non-religious people who feel their drinking has been restricted by religious superstition.All you can drink specials were banned because one Kansas legislator fell after getting drunk and decided a law would have helped him.
In 1880 Kansas becomes the first state to adopt a constitutional amendment prohibiting alcohol.
Carry Nation made Wichita one of her regular stops when she chopped down saloons and worked for dry forces, about 1900. In earlier times, anti-liquor forces allied themselves with those against slavery, for women’s suffrage and educational rights.
But trying to wipe out liquor has never been very popular with the many citizens in Kansas.
In the early1970s Kansas Attorney Vern Miller stopped trains and airplanes from serving liquor while traveling through or over Kansas. According to CJonline;
“Miller said he always just wanted to be a sheriff, which is basically what he was, even while he was attorney general. That, and a cowboy. Miller loved a good drug raid — he said he raided KU's campus 15 to 20 times alone — and famously raided an Amtrak train, busting it for slinging booze within Kansas borders, an act that temporarily stopped airlines from serving alcohol while jetting over Kansas skies.”
Liquor stores now sell on Sunday, which used to be illegal.
Now some of the ridiculous laws are disappearing and Kansas is beginning to look more like a modern city.

From Anarchy Wines and Rat Piss Brewery.

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