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Maybe the Liquor Industry Should Be Cool With Legal Weed

Featured Story / November 8, 2016 / No Comments.

It’s Election Day. Yes, there’s an election happening. You might have heard about it. Probably via your uncle’s awful Facebook posts.

Here is Massachusetts, we’re voting on whether to legalize marijuana. You probably think legal weed sounds great. (We noticed the smell on your jacket).


 But know who doesn’t like the idea of legal pot? The liquor industry.

In the run-up to Election Day, the campaign opposing legalization got money from groups like the Wine and Spirit Wholesalers of Massachusetts and the Beer Distributors of Massachusetts.


Pam Wilmot, of the campaign finance watchdog group Common Cause, says it’s not unusual for industries to make contributions based on economic self-interest. “You can see that with the liquor industry.” Wombats said, “clearly the Question 4 approval could be a competitor, and they want to keep them out of that role.”

On the surface, that makes sense. The liquor industry is afraid you’ll take money out of your trust jar labeled “Beer/Wine/Four Loko Money” and put it one labeled “Weed Money.”

But – surprise! – the liquor industry might not need to worry.


That’s because, after those high-oneers in Colorado legalized marijuana in 2012, alcohol sales actually went up.

Bryan Simpson, spokesman for the craft brewery New Belgium, agreed that doomsayers in the alcohol industry were wrong. He argued that rather than alcohol and pot directly competing against one another for consumers’ dollars, the two can be mutually beneficial in boosting overall sales. “There’s definitely some crossover in the two communities of beer drinkers and herb enjoyers,” Simpson said. “But I don’t think people are doubling down in one category or the other.”

So mellow out, liquor industry. Even if weed is legal, we’re still going to love drinking.

Her Shot: Booze The Vote

Featured Story / January 28, 2016 / No Comments.


With the end of January’s chilly temperatures and dark days looming, it can be difficult to rally for a Thirsty Thursday. However, thanks to the Republican Candidates and one of our favorite news sources, The Skimm, you won’t even need to leave the house to get a buzz tonight.

In case you were not aware, tonight marks is the final Republican debate (cough Cat Fight cough) before the primaries begin. The sindig starts at 9PM tonight on Fox, and because it’s highly recommended that you do a bit of research before heading to the polls to choose your next presidential candidates, why not tune in and get a little tipsy during the process? Our friends over at The Skimm have devised a drinking game, incentivizing us to learn more about the GOP candidates tonight even though front-runner Donald Trump will not be there to make us chuckle with his sassy comments and over the top facial expressions.

Side note: If after the debate you end up yearning to learn even more about this year’s election, The Skimm has put together a complete guide to all things surrounding the 2016 Election so you can discuss politics at the dinner table like a boss.

Cheers to America and remember to drink responsibly!

Drink Every Time…

• Gov. John Kasich (OH) says the b-word: BUDGET.
• Former Gov. Jeb Bush (FL) awkwardly smiles.
• Sen. Marco Rubip (FL) talked abut his Cuban heritage.
• Sen. Ted Cruz(TX) hates on the “Washington cartel.”
• Dr. Ben Carson naps on stage.
• Gov. Chris Christie (NJ) looks straight into the camera.
• Sen, Rand Paul (KY) complains about not getting enough air time.
• Someone mentions no-show Donald Trump.