Saturday, April 18th, 2015

In Event Of An Emergency, Don’t Stop For Beer


Up until it was repealed on July 1, 2011, Utah had quite an interesting law on its books.  It banned individuals or companies from selling any kind of alcoholic product during an emergency.  Wait a minute; isn’t that when booze is needed the most?  After all, there’s nothing like nursing your problems with a little whiskey to make you forget that you are in the middle of an emergency situation.

You many think an emergency involves things like getting into a car accident or catching your house on fire.  Heck, some people may even define an emergency as running out of alcohol.  These are in fact not the emergencies the law was referring too.  The law stated that the emergency must be proclaimed by the governor in order for it to be illegal to sell alcohol.  These emergencies included natural disasters like earthquakes, floods or tornadoes.

At first glance this law seems pretty silly, but maybe the people who passed it had a problem with a bunch of drunkards staggering around town making more problems instead of working to fix the ones that had already occurred.  Or maybe the lawmakers were a group of teetotalers looking for ways to make selling alcohol just a little harder and taking advantage of any excuse to do so.  Either way, the law no longer exists, so Utahns can feel free to stock up on plenty of bourbon during an emergency situation.

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