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Archive for Saturday, June 30, 2012

25 years ago: Tomorrow’s new laws to affect drinkers, smokers, drug dealers

June 30, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 30, 1987:

Several new state laws were poised to take effect tomorrow. For the first time since 1880, liquor-by-the-drink would be available in Kansas; however, the new law applied only to restaurants in 36 of the state's 105 counties. To qualify as a legal drinking establishment, a restaurant had to derive at least 30 percent of its business from the sale of food. The new law also authorized the creation and operation of microbreweries, defined as producing 10,000 or fewer barrels of beer, and Sunday beer sales in certain taverns. Smokers were also undergoing a change in the law on July 1, when a ban on smoking in restaurants, businesses, and buildings open to the public was to take effect. Proprietors were, however, permitted to create specific areas where smoking was permitted. Other laws taking effect tomorrow included a $10 fine for motorists who failed to buckle up their seat belts and a new requirement that dealers in marijuana and other illegal drugs purchase and affix tax stamps to their products.

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