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Big idea: Colorado could extend to-go cocktails beyond coronavirus to make them the “law of the land”

It’s about the only thing from the pandemic that people want to keep.  A bipartisan bill up for debate this legislative session would allow the to-go Moscow mules, Manhattans and margaritas that became a welcome part of quarantine life for many Coloradans to keep flowing.  Lawmakers last summer passed legislation to allow restaurants to continue […]

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Small liquor stores in Colorado felt pinched by new alcohol laws. Now more changes are coming.

Days into the new year, the owner of Morgans Liquor in Denver sat down with his financial  books. The pandemic gave him a small boost in 2020 sales, but a troubling slide continued: His customer count continued to decline. “My dollars were up, the rings (on the register) were bigger, but my customers were still […]

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The effort to ban flavored vaping products, menthol cigarettes in Colorado now has a big asterisk

Democratic state lawmakers set out this year to pass a bill banning the sale of all flavored vaping and nicotine products in Colorado, including menthol cigarettes and wintergreen smokeless tobacco, as a way to curb teen use. They won’t get it done.  On Tuesday, House Bill 1319 — which sought to impose the blanket ban […]