Tue, Jul 14, 2020

LAWMAKERS IN NEW York are drafting a bill to legalize recreational Cannabis. And that has a group of wine and liquor store owners campaigning for the right to stock their shelves with weed once it’s legal.

Organizers of The Last Store on Main Street (LSMS), whose most recent battle before this one was to keep wine out of grocery stores, said their effort is motivated in part by the fear of losing business, reports SILive.com.

A recent study concluded a reduction in the nation’s overall alcohol consumption from 2006 to 2015 was directly related to the increased availability of Cannabis.

“We have employees, and if sales go down we’d have to let people go,” said John Ha, owner of City Wine Cellar in New Springville, N.Y., a member of the coalition.

“The question going forward will be, who will get the right to sell the stuff,” said LSMS spokesman Austin Finan. “We already have to follow rules and regulations, so marijuana is a natural fit.”