What is Uncork Kansas?
Uncork Kansas is a movement to eliminate protectionist Kansas liquor laws by allowing you, the consumer, to decide where you buy alcoholic beverages — rather than having the government decide for you.
It's about convenience. It's about choice.
Imagine being able to buy groceries and wine at the same time. Or, being able to buy a craft beer when you’re at a convenience store – instead of making a special trip to the liquor store. And what if you could buy ice, mixers, and snacks from your neighborhood liquor store rather than having to make a special trip to the grocery store that may be several miles away? That’s what Uncork Kansas is working to accomplish.
It's about boosting our economy.
Besides increasing convenience and choice, letting consumers choose where to purchase alcohol will also provide a much-needed economic boost to our state. By lifting government restrictions on retail liquor sales, we’ll attract new business and stimulate free enterprise and competition. We’ll also stop dollars flowing to border states and reduce unnecessary government regulations. At the same time, minors will be protected through strict enforcement of sales. Grocery and convenience stores have demonstrated their ability to police sales to minors (tobacco, lottery tickets, beer). Other neighboring states such as Missouri, Iowa, and Indiana with modernized laws say grocery and convenience stores are among the best at enforcing laws that prevent sales to minors.
It's about restricting minors, not adults.
Contrary to what some may say, an updated law will not increase underage drinking. In fact, according to a National Institute of Health study, making alcohol available at additional retail outlets does not increase underage drinking since minors rely much more heavily on social sources for alcohol (family and friends) than on commercial sources.
It's about modernizing the law.
Even liquor stores can benefit from modernized liquor laws, as they have in other states. They will be able to sell food items previously prohibited. This will allow them to expand and grow. Of the top five cities with the most liquor stores per capita, four allow wine sales in grocery stores. Why hold onto antiquated liquor laws—some of the most stringent in the nation—whose roots date all the way back to 1881? It just makes sense to Uncork Kansas. That way, we’ll restrict minors, not responsible adults.