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Baltimore to ban liquor store snack sales to kids

Wednesday - 6/27/2012, 12:14pm  ET

BALTIMORE - When liquor stores are located near Baltimore schools, children sometimes wander in to buy snacks and soda from shelves next to alcohol.

Now the Baltimore City Council has overwhelmingly passed a bill to make it illegal for liquor stores to sell anything to minors. It would include seemingly harmless goods, such as snacks or soft drinks.

A spokesman for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake tells The Baltimore Sun ( http://bsun.md/OsYt2r) Tuesday that the mayor will sign the bill into law. It would take effect 30 days later.

The legislation does have critics. It would apply to stores that do as little as 20 percent of their business in alcohol sales.

Amendments were added to exempt grocery stores and restaurants. It also doesn't apply to stores selling beer and wine but not hard liquor.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com


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