Commission considers self-serve beer, wine for MI

In this July 8, 2014, photo, Tom Cartwell attaches the handles to the newly launched self-service beer kiosks at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

LANSING, Mich. (AP/WOOD) — Self-serve beer and wine could be in the works for Michigan bars and restaurants.

The Detroit News reports a rule change proposed by the state Liquor Control Commission would have Michigan join other states that permit such sales.

The proposal falls in line with an effort by the commission to update regulations dating to the post-Prohibition era and shed ones that no longer make sense.

Commission Chairman Andrew Deloney says: “We feel it is something folks in the industry would want to have available, but at the same time we recognize the issue of public health.” The commission decided against having liquor included in the proposal.

The proposed change, however, is drawing opposition from groups that fear self-serve options could lead to more alcoholism and underage drinking.

Jason Moon, the acting Communications Director for the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, said there is no timeline on when the change could go into effect. The rules are still subject to review and revision before they’re granted final adoption, but they have to go through the Office of Regulatory Reinvention (ORR) as well as the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) before that happens which could take a while.

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Information from: The Detroit News

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