OLCC, Portland disagree on specifics of drinking limit


The city of Portland and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission are working together to curb public drinking downtown, but they disagree on specifics of the plan.

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The city of Portland and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission are working together to curb public drinking downtown, but they disagree on specifics of the plan.

 

Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who pushed the proposal, argued downtown made up 1 percent of the city but generated almost 60 percent of all Portland citations for drinking in public from 2000 to 2010. But while Portland has the power to limit the sale of certain kinds of alcoholic beverages, the OLCC has the final say on what that ban would look like.

“The City, in its petition to the state, recommends categorical restrictions that limit alcohol content above a certain alcohol content and in certain container sizes,” writes Theresa Marchetti of Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement in an email. “The City also proposes a process to allow products to be brought forward by distributors to be put on an exception list with OLCC approval if they shown that the products do not contribute to the problem of street drinking.”

The OLCC, on the other hand, wants to ban specific brands of alcoholic beverages: Camo; Earthquake High Gravity; Four Loko; Hurricane; Joose; Milwaukee Best Ice; Natural Ice; Olde English 800; Sparks; Stack Lager; Steele Reserve; Tilt; Carlo Rossi; and Franzia.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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