NO MORE "MAD DOG" AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE IN CERTAIN SECTIONS OF EVERETT?
December 31, 2015
(EVERETT, WA.) -- Sometime soon you might have a hard time getting a gourmet bottle of something like MD 20-20 wine, affectionately known as "Mad Dog" on the street with alcohol content topping out at 18%, and some other high alcohol content beverages in downtown Everett and some other areas of the city.
MD 20-20 wine. An iconic American beverage made from real grapes. Comes in a variety of flavors and colors, suitable for fine dining or any special occasion.
This could be a problem for those who customarily enjoy a tasty nightcap of three fingers worth of something like Mad Dog or perhaps something like Thunderbird wine, which was once marketed in the United Kingdom as "The California Aperitif."
On Wednesday night the City Council voted unanimously in favor of making permanent what had been a voluntary policy for retailers after the city created what's called an "alcohol impact area" in core commercial neighborhoods.
Those neighborhoods had been identified as areas where people consumed inexpensive, relatively strong alcohol beers, wines and malt liquors - including such hit favorites as Mike's Hard Lemonade and Four Loco - and certain bad things happened.
Namely crimes and other bad behavior (public urination is high on the list) associated with being fairly well hammered (sometimes referred to as inebriation) on cheap, hard hitting booze.
In April the city created that voluntary alcohol impact area and asked retailers in the area on a voluntary basis not to sell such cheap but highly mood altering booze in order to reduce social and criminal problems that have been associated with consumption of such beverages.
Some did pull back on sales of the beverages but most did not, ergo the vote to make the ban permanent. So the council voted last night to make that voluntary ban on sales of such beverages a permanent one.
The ordinance that was approved specifically directs the city's Chief of Police to ask the state's Liquor and Cannabis Board make the ban mandatory.
If the ordinance is signed by the mayor, the ban would take place 15 days after the signing.