The “scourge” of spice soon may be abated. On Sept. 14, the Ogden City Council and Box Elder County Commission are considering bans on selling, manufacturing, possessing or using spice, which is often described as “marijuana-lite” by law enforcement. Also, Rep. Gage Froerer, R-Huntsville, said he planned to discuss a proposal to ban spice in Utah during the Sept. 15 legislative interim meetings. The reasons for the bans are often based on the same vague fears that plague marijuana, such as “it’s a gateway drug” or that property crimes will increase, even if there is no evidence to back their assertions. Next up for proposed bans, no doubt, is incense.
Despite initially long lines that frustrated some attendees, the Sept. 11 Utah Beer Fest, sponsored by City Weekly, proved to be a pretty good time for those who waited out the crowds. The event brought together 80 volunteers from Local First, 13 local brewers and an astounding 5,000 attendees, all in a loving embrace at the City & County Building. By the end of the afternoon, the lines had became shorter, the food tastier, the music louder and the spontaneous cheers more frequent. In other words, the beer fest had become a festival. But, the best thing about the Utah Beer Fest is that it proved there is a genuine thirst for a local beer festival in this state—a fact reinforced by the early crush of people who initially overwhelmed the staff and volunteers—something to be factored into planning next year’s Utah Beer Fest.
The Roy City Council has passed a law prohibiting stores that sell less than $1,200 per week in groceries from stocking beer. According to the Standard-Examiner, the law will prevent most convenience stores and neighborhood markets from selling beer. The reason, according to city councilors who supported the law, is that the city doesn’t want certain types of stores in their city—you know, stores that sell things like beer. The unspoken sentiment of that statement, of course, is that the city doesn’t want certain types of people—those who drink beer—doing business in their city.