Will ND Ever Relax On The “Thanksgiving No Alcohol?”
This has always perplexed me since I first moved to North Dakota almost 9 years ago
Coming out from San Diego, California back in 2014, I moved to Fargo, North Dakota. Obviously, I knew I was going to be in for a culture shock - of course, the weather was going to throw me a HUGE curve ball, and one of the, I guess you call it a myth, was that North Dakotans loved their alcohol. I mean, after all, Mother Nature sometimes forces you to stay at home, to STAY indoors - and to pass the time away ( what seems like an eternity ) there usually is some drinking involved. So when Thanksgiving rolled around, I was surprised to hear about one of North Dakota's laws: This is straight from ndlegis.gov "5-02-05. Dispensing prohibited on certain days - Penalty. A person may not dispense or permit the consumption of alcoholic beverages on a licensed premises between two a.m. and eight a.m., on Christmas Day, or after six p.m. on Christmas Eve. In addition, a person may not provide off sale after two a.m. on Thanksgiving Day or between two a.m. and eight a.m. on Sundays. A person that violates this section is guilty of a class A misdemeanor"
I don't drink anymore so this has never been an issue...
...but to the people who are responsible drinkers, this has always seemed kind of harsh to me. I'm sure there have been many occasions when relatives have come to town, and they completely forget about the laws here and are left out in the cold without buying booze. That scenario could come to an end if a bill that was introduced passes. According to kxnet.com " Section 05-02-05 currently doesn’t allow the sale of alcoholic beverages on Thanksgiving, but this bill aims to change that. Currently, in our state, no one can provide off-sale alcohol after two a.m. on Thanksgiving Day" I'm actually in favor of this, people should be able to purchase alcohol legally and drink at home on this holiday, or any day - if they are responsible. Better that they drink and NOT DRIVE HOME FROM A BAR OR RESTAURANT - doesn't that make perfect sense? "The bill is still going through House at this time" kxnet.com added.
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