Some Oklahoma counties could see beer disappear in October

A new law going into effect Oct. 1, 2018 could get rid of beer from 14 Oklahoma counties.

Back in 1984, the state of Oklahoma allowed their counties to choose if they could serve alcohol in bars and restaurants. Fourteen Oklahoma counties, including Coal County, are still "dry"; meaning bars and restaurants can only serve beer with an alcohol point of 3.2 percent.

"Oklahoma is one of the only places in the country you can't get real beer." said Cedric Howard, a beer drinker. "This three percent beer, all it does is give you a headache."

Voters chose to get rid of the low point beer back in 2016 in favor of beer with a higher alcohol content. But that decision effectively outlawed beer in those 14 "dry" counties come October.

"If you outlaw in one county, people are still going to go out of their way to get it," said Yvonne Martel from Colbert.

Thanks to the new law, Marshall, Carter and Atoka counties will also face restrictions to selling beer on certain holidays and Sundays.

All affected counties are encouraged to decide what actions, if any, to take before the June primary.

The law will go into effect on Oct. 1.



 
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