Later this month, the state Liquor and Cannabis Board is expected to rule
on Everett's "Alcohol Impact Areas." If enacted, the sale
of certain, cheap alcoholic beverages will be limited in certain parts
of the city.
Herald.net reports, Alcohol Impact Areas have been created in municipalities all
around Washington, including in Olympia, Seattle, and Spokane. They are
usually enforced on a voluntary basis and are aimed at curtailing vagrancy,
nuisances, and addiction issues in communities.
If the Liquor and Cannabis Board does rule in favor of the issue, though,
the restrictions would be mandatory. A decision is expected to be announced
on August 24.
Understanding "Alcohol Impact Areas"
Alcohol Impact Areas were created in May 2015 to help curtail instances
of public drinking, public disturbances, and even littering. By December
of that year, however, it was determined that the voluntary basis of the
initiative wasn't working and police requested the option of a mandatory
ban from the Liquor and Cannabis Board. That kind of mandatory ban is
now what is being considered for Everett.
The measure zeroes in on beverages that have been associated with public
drinking and homelessness. These include Mike's Hard Lemonade, Colt
45, Steel Reserve, and other popular, low-cost malt beverages. While Alcohol
Impact Areas have proven unpopular with retailers, officials believe that
they could be part of larger plan to relieve communities of pronounced
homelessness issues. "To my way of thinking, this problem is not
just a one-dimensional problem, it incorporates so many different facets,"
said Ryan Dalberg, leader of the impact initiative. "We just have
to approach it this way."
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