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Comment by once banned twice shy on December 3, 2013 at 11:02am

I find it a bit sad that a public radio station out of San Diego is the only one to highlight how jacked NM's liquor license laws are.  Why aren't local media outlets paying attention to this? 

Comment by shotsie on December 3, 2013 at 12:55pm

Great piece on Project Zoe - hopefully, they'll pick up clothing that is timelessly classic.

Maybe the lottery scholarship program can be partially financed by auctioning off new liquor licenses - what's the worse vice - gambling or drinking? 

Comment by Phil_0 on December 3, 2013 at 1:37pm

It seems like the liquor law debacle will eventually have to run its course...our population growth may have slowed, but surely the inflated market for full-service licenses can only last for so long. I think there's still a mentality that anything that impedes the sale of alcohol will also impede DWI, but eventually someone will have to realize that making bars more-or-less extinct in small towns or poor rural areas actually contributes to DWI by forcing would-be bargoers to travel if they want a drink and some company.

I am happy to hear about the liquor-law task force; we're way overdue for a change. I doubt anyone will be courageous enough to propose or pass wholesale changes to the current system, but I'm quite encouraged that the Martinez administration is even taking the question up.

OBTS, be careful what you ask for. Given how readily local news outlets try to score points with tales of DWI "scandal," I'd be worried that local coverage would just sensationalize the issue.

Comment by once banned twice shy on December 3, 2013 at 2:59pm

You've got a point, Phil_0.  The angle probably would be indeed that keeping the amount of liquor licenses low prevents DWI when the opposite is likely true.  People would probably prefer to go to a bar they could walk to--and that's not just in rural areas.

Allowing for more liquor licenses to be issued would likely rile up the MADD crowd, but would really rile up those who make money off of the scarcity of liquor licenses.  THOSE are the people who will lobby hard to keep the status quo.

Comment by RunLikeADog on December 3, 2013 at 3:09pm

I used to have a client that was a license broker. The guy was, and probably still is, obscenely rich from the commissions he collected on the licenses he brokered. He mentioned that the same system exists for the licenses used for towing companies but I never verified that.

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