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Those advocating for the sale of beer, wine and spirits in big-box, grocery, and convenience stores do not want an even playing field.
Their proposed legislation asks for all the advantages and profits, but they refuse to take on the responsibility of selling alcohol.
Proposed changes would allow 18, 19 and 20-year old individuals to stock, handle, and sell hard liquor, strong beer and wine. This is unprecedented in the history of Kansas and contrary to our values.
Currently, all alcohol is sold by individuals who are 21-years or older.
This will lead to increased access for minors and is bad for our college communities, where convenience stores regularly hire underage indivdiuals to work stores. This legislation puts increased pressure on communties and institutions of higher learning who are fighting issues of underage drinking, underage drunk driving and binge drinking.
Many grocery stores and big-box stores have self-service machines, allowing customers to check out without an attendant. While many of these stores claim the machines require proof-of-age ID before the sale can be completed, the legislation proposed does not mandate this.
Self Service machines could easily become an easy acccess point for minors to purchase alcohol. No alcohol sales should be allowed at self-service machines.