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Our View: ‘Yes’ on alcohol delivery

At first glance, we had real concerns about Proposition 126, which would allow stores that sell alcohol to deliver liquor through third-party companies. We imagined a few worst-case scenarios: Minors getting their hands on booze more easily; delivery drivers not diligently checking IDs. And more.

But the closer we looked, the more it made sense to support local businesses in bringing in more revenue without creating additional overhead or expenses. We’ve come around to the idea and support Proposition 126.

The pandemic made way for the take-out and delivery of alcohol by bars and restaurants, but the allowance is set to expire in 2025. Coloradans have become used to this delivery service, and if it means our local restaurants and bars can keep their doors open more easily, we’re for it.

Proposition 126 outlines requirements for third-party delivery companies, including that they obtain permits, follow safety protocols and maintain liability insurance. Drivers must be 21 or older, complete a certification program and verify the recipient’s age – with identification already uploaded to an app. Drivers also can’t deliver to people who appear intoxicated.

Limits on the amount of alcohol delivered remain in place – two bottles of wine, 12 cans of beer or 1 liter of spirits.

With Proposition 126, restaurants and bars won’t have to send out much-coveted employees on deliveries.

Previously, our support for local restaurants and bars meant bump-outs, which has since divided communities.

Say “yes” to Proposition 126. Or should we say, “cheers?”

‘No’ Proposition 125

We like convenience as much as the next person. So it may seem contradictory to say “yes” on third-party delivery of alcohol and “no” on Proposition 125, which allows grocery and convenience stores to sell wine. But that’s where we are. Although we imagine middle-priced wines in groceries, we know that small, locally owned liquor stores also sell wine priced in this range.

We’ll skip buying booze at the grocery store and go to our small, local businesses instead. We do not endorse Proposition 125.

‘No’ on Proposition 124

Proposition 123 would increase the number of liquor store locations with no limit on stores after 2037. We’re imagining larger chains. Although we are definitely pro-business, we don’t see how Proposition 123 benefits consumers. No, thanks on this one.