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Colorado becomes 35th state to allow Sunday liquor sales



Rainy days and Sundays always bring CFN down. That's because liquor stores are closed all day long.

In Colorado, Gov. Bill Ritter signed a bill last month allowing that state's liquor stores to stay open on the Sabbath. Now drinkers in the neighboring state are on a Rocky Mountain high.

"It was a tremendous benefit to consumers and saves a great deal of time for people who only have Sunday to shop," Ritter said, according to The Associated Press.

Colorado, which joined 34 other states permitting retail liquor store sales, is the 13th state to do so in the past six years, according to AP. In reversing a blue law on the books since 1933, Ritter said "great public sentiment" appeared to be in favor of modernizing the Colorado law.

Oklahoma's arcane liquor laws also date back to Prohibition. However, voters in our state decided in 2006 to allow liquor stores to open for business on election days. But those wanting to buy spirits and beer in excess of 3.2 percent on Sundays are still out of luck.

Like Oklahoma's initiative petition attempt to get strong beer and wine on grocery store shelves, Colorado's convenience stores and supermarkets are hoping legislation could allow them to sell stronger suds.

"Ninety percent of beer sales in grocery stores and convenience stores happen on Sunday," lobbyist Sean Duffy said, according to Denver's CBS4 and AP. "We hope the (Colorado) Legislature might just allow us to get rid of 3.2 beer and let everybody sell the same product Sunday."

What hours will the Colorado liquor stores keep on Sundays? One retailer estimated most will open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

"I can't imagine the government telling me what day I can be open or that I have to be closed," said state Rep. Cheri Jahn, D-Wheat Ridge, Colo., according to CBS4 and AP.

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