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Councilman's bill would ban liquor stores from selling non-alcoholic items to youth under 21

By Luke Broadwater

11:20 AM EDT, March 19, 2012

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Baltimore City Councilman Nick J. Mosby (D-District 7) plans to introduce legislation Monday that would ban liquor store owners from selling non-alcoholic goods to people under 21.

Mosby said the purpose of the legislation is to prevent teens in Baltimore from developing a habit of entering liquor stores to buy items. He said entering liquor stores is already "normalized" behavior for city youth, and banning the practice could create a demand for other stores to open in city neighborhoods.

"It's time we stop allowing liquor stores to serve as the sole source of merchandising in our communities," Mosby said in a statement. "It is critical that we turn the tide on this reality, especially since the patrons of some of these establishments are our most precious and vulnerable citizens, our youth."

Violating the proposed law would be punishable by a fine of up to $500.

--Luke Broadwater