Posts Tagged ‘Washington’

Phusion Projects defends Four Loko criticism

Statement Regarding Incident at Central Washington University
October 26, 2010

No one is more upset than we are when our products are abused or consumed illegally by underage drinkers – and it appears that both happened in this instance. This is unacceptable.

But so too is placing blame for the incident squarely on Four Loko when the police report, toxicology reports and witness testimony all show that other substances, including beer, hard liquors like vodka and rum, and possibly illicit substances, were consumed as well.

In fact, while our product is mentioned only twice in the 44-page police report, hard liquor, vodka, rum or other alcohol is mentioned at least 19 times; beer is mentioned at least 3 times; and illegal drugs or roofies are mentioned at least 14 times – including twice in connection with an individual attending the party with the intention of bringing drugs with him and once in connection with smoking marijuana.

Officers on the scene reported disposing of the alcohol they found in the house, yet none of these officers described doing this by singling out one product or type of product.

In addition, the ages of the students involved have been redacted from the report, meaning there is no way to determine if any of the partygoers were of-age.  Read the police report here.

In addition, the ages of the students involved have been redacted from the report, meaning there is no way to determine if any of the partygoers were of-age. However, in a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna states that all of the students sickened were in fact underage – meaning these young men and women were illegally consuming alcohol.  Read his letter here.

Again, the events in central Washington this month were inexcusable. And most would expect our company to disagree with recent decisions to ban our products from college campuses or otherwise restrict their use there.

We do not.  We agree with the goals that underlie those sentiments. Making college campuses safe and healthy environments for learning is a goal we share with administrators – even those who have chosen to ban our products. However, we also know that curbing alcohol abuse on college campuses will not be accomplished by singling out a lone product or beverage category.
This is precisely why we go to great lengths to ensure our products are not sold to underage consumers and are not abused. As a company, we do all we can to ensure that our products are consumed safely and responsibly.  Read more here.

Initiatives to Change Washington’s alcohol sales

Two initiatives have been proposed and would serve to do away with the state’s monopoly on the sale of hard alcohol. Costco has donated more than 500,000 to the I-1100 initiative as it will profit immensely if the initiative passes. I-1105 is backed by Washington Citizens for Liquor Reforms, though neither of the two contributors toward I-1105 is an in-state LLC.
Both of these initiatives will not only change where alcohol is sold, but also the way that taxes on alcohol are collected. I-1105 directs that the current liquor taxes be ended and reinstituted once the liquor control board and the legislature create a tax system to match the new liquor-vendor situation. If two-thirds of a legislative majority cannot be found then to reinstitute alcohol taxes than the state may potentially lose out on liquor sales and tax revenues.

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Could Costco have their signatures?

Costco’s signature gathering tables for Initiative 1100 have been removed. The absence of the tables infers that the conclusion that they have already collected the amount of signatures need to place the initiative on the ballot. The initiative is one of two liquor-store privation campaigns that are working to be placed on November’s ballot. Costco is 1100’s biggest support by donating about $457,000 in cash and in indirect support to the campaign. If the initiative passes Costco and other stores which hold beer and wine licenses would be able to sell hard-liquor to consumers.

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Costco contributes more cash to put I-1100 on ballot

Costco has contributed more cash toward Initiative 1100, their total contribution now reaching  about $642,000. Union workers have united to contribute almost $76,000 to the campaign against the privatization of state liquor sales. The initiative that would close the state’s liquor stores and allow stores that hold beer and wine licenses to sell hard-liquor is one of two liquor-store privatization initiative campaigns that may be placed on this November’s ballot.

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