MA Beer and Wine Sales Ballot Initiative Withdrawn

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After being certified to appear on the November ballot, proponents have decided that no further action on Initiative Petition No. 19-14: Petition for a Law Relative to the Sale of Beer and Wine by Food Stores will occur this year due to the current pandemic. The proposal would create a license allowing food stores to sell wine and beer for off-premises consumption, progressively increase and then eliminate the limit on the number of licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages consumed off-premises that any one retailer could own or control, and require food stores and other retailers selling alcohol for consumption off-premises to implement certain age-verification policies to prevent the sale of alcohol to customers under age 21.

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