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DENVER - Colorado lawmakers yesterday rejected a bill that would have allowed supermarkets and convenience stores to sell full-strength beer, following a hearing from liquor store owners who claimed it could put them out of business.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Brandon Shaffer, D-Longmont, would have introduced a new class of liquor license that would allow retailers to sell wine and full-strength beer, with certain limitations.
State law has barred grocers from selling regular beer and wine since Prohibition ended in 1933. Currently, they can sell only beer containing 3.2 percent alcohol. Full-strength beer contains 6 percent alcohol.