New "Blue Law" Passes Memphis City Council

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When they say Memphis is the Home of the Blues, they're not talking about blue laws. But maybe they should be. The City Council voted last week to prohibit beer sales for off-premise consumption within 500 feet of churches, schools, and most residential areas. Though stores currently selling beer will be grandfathered in, any new stores wanting to locate within the 500-foot restriction will have to be located on a state or federal highway.

"We've got a crime problem, and this is the catalyst," Councilman Joe Brown said during a recent committee meeting, adding that he was speaking from a moral perspective. "That's why this is so important."

But the ordinance wasn't easy for everyone to swallow ...

Read the rest of Mary Cashiola's In the Bluff column on the possible repercussions from Memphis' newest blue law.

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