Ardmore city officials meet to discuss SQ 788 and SQ 792

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - Starting Oct. 1 people will be able to buy higher grade beer and wine from grocery and convenience stores but some liquor store owners are concerned about the increase in competition for customers.

"Everybody knows Wal Mart is getting in the business - Ardmore's a big Wal Mart town," liquor store owner Tom Love said. "I would say everyone goes to Wal Mart so we'll just have to wait and see if we retain our customers."

Tom Love has owned Hard to Find Liquor the past 14 years.

But starting next month Love and Liquor store owners across Oklahoma will be able to sell refrigerated wine and beer and other products.

City officials and residents attended a luncheon Thursday morning to discuss the new laws.

"We've been anticipating it for a good 18 months now," Love said. "We're at a point where we are looking forward to it."

Liquor stores can now open as early as 8 a.m. and stay open until midnight and will only be closed Thanksgiving and Christmas day.

The new law also allows grocery stores, convenience stores and restaurants to sell high point beer and wine but not without the proper licensing.

"That is one advantage that's been helpful - all my licenses cover what's being done so I did not have to but convenience stores and grocery stores are in the process of getting those licenses," Love said.

Up until now convenient and grocery stores could only sell "low point" 3.2% alcohol beer.

Starting next month they can sell up to 8.99% beer and up to 15% alcohol wine.

"I think there are going to be more changes especially with marijuana and probably with the alcohol rules too so we'll just have to kind of grow into them I think," Oklahoma City Attorney David Davis said.

As for medical marijuana, Thursday they covered how much a person can grow, sell, and possess, the permit process for businesses and what options employers and landlords have under the new law.

A public forum is scheduled for next Friday in City Hall at 10 a.m. for anyone with questions.

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