Kansas City Council considers allowing home delivery of alcoholic beverages

August 21, 2018 - 6:17 am

The Kansas City Council is discussing an ordinance that would allow people to order alcohol for delivery to their homes.

The process would involve an app on a smart phone. One popular app, active in some cities, is called Drizly. The current ordinance in Kansas City requires people to buy alcoholic beverages in-person.

One consideration is the potential for underage drinking. Alcohol would have to be delivered only to people at least 21 years of age. The council is also looking for ways to cut off deliveries to people who are already intoxicated.

"We're trying to make sure that with this ordinance it's safe, while at the same time it's something that's practical and recognized in our current economy," said Quentin Lucas, city councilman.

Some retailers are cautious about adding delivery to their services.

"The pool is big enough for all of us," said Kevin Hodge, owner of Cellar Rat Wine Merchants. "I just want the playing to be fair."

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