Jeff Smith 6:35 p.m., June 27
National City to Allow Sale of Three-Packs
Currently, National City prohibits new alcohol licensees from selling single "tall boy" beers and other single-serve alcohol containers. But since the regulations went into effect, many retailers ignored the policy, complaining that the regulations adversely impacted business. One store owner sold homemade two-packs of Mickey's Malt Liquor wrapped with plastic wrap.
On July 6, city council members decided to ease the restrictions a bit by allowing liquor stores to sell three-packs of beer.
The three-packs, however, have to be packaged by the distributors and not the store owners.
"I don't want them wrapping the three-packs themselves," councilmember Louis Natividad said during the hearing. "Because I don't trust those guys."
"It doesn't allow for single cans or bottles. And it still doesn't allow for malt [liquor] or any of those things," said Mayor Ron Morrison. "The individuals who are going to drink immediately, they do not want anything that is multiple-packed because they can't refrigerate it.
"This just takes a look at what the form of modern packaging is," added Morrison.
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