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Oklahoma's 3.2 beer law not enforceable by ABLE



The state's own laws have given its anti-alcohol police a bitter beer face, according to a recent story.


According to the piece, an opinion by Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson states that officers with Oklahoma's Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission ain't able to arrest anyone selling 3.2 beer to minors (who become intoxicated) for anything other than a misdemeanor.


Drew said that the wizened heads who wrote Oklahoma's Constitution put into it that 3.2 beer (said by state law to be "nonintoxicating") can't be regulated by ABLE.


So, not only do we hafta buy this kind of beer if we go to the convenience store instead of the liquor store, but it's easier for our kids to buy it as well.


"Taking action as a peace officer with respect to low-point beer rather than as an ABLE Commission law enforcement officer is also prohibited due to the fact that the only authority to act as a peace officer is the authority granted under the act," reads the attorney general's opinion.


This little snag came to light recently when two youths, ages 15 and 18, were shot inside a Tulsa club that served only 3.2 beer and was listed as an entertainment venue, according to The Associated Press.


Officer Craig Murray told the AP he was shocked about it when he was investigating the shooting.


"It's a loophole, and it's very sad," he said. "When the situation arose with the shooting, I said, 'What's a 15-year-old doing in a place that serves liquor?' Well, they don't serve liquor."


Murray told the AP that they were able to do only one thing about minors being served 3.2 beer.


"A lot of liquor stores seem to be pretty coherent of the law, and they have a bigger risk," he said. "You sell liquor to a minor " you could be convicted of a felony and serve jail time. With 3.2, you could get a ticket."

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