NEWS EDITION: Almost No One Is Happy With Legal Weed

"The legalization of cannabis in the United States - the biggest change in policy for an illegal substance since Prohibition ended - has been an unqualified success for approximately no one."

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Almost No One Is Happy With Legal Weed

“The legalization of cannabis in the United States – the biggest change in policy for an illegal substance since Prohibition ended – has been an unqualified success for approximately no one. True, the drug is widely available for commercial purchase, many marijuana-related charges have been dropped, but a significant part of the market is still underground, medical research is scant, and the above ground market is not exactly thriving. Longtime marijuana activists are unhappy. Entrepreneurs are unhappy. So are people who buy weed, as well as those who think weed should never have been legal in the first place.”

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Carlos Alvarez, a San Antonio business and philanthropy icon, dies at 73

“Carlos Alvarez, who introduced the United States to Modelo, Corona, and Shiner beers and spent his fortune supporting philanthropic causes in San Antonio, has died at 73.

His death was announced Tuesday by the Gambrinus Company, which Alvarez founded in 1986.

Upon hearing the news on Wednesday, Mayor Ron Nirenberg declared a moment of silence at the start of a City Council meeting.”

 

Move over IPAs: Craft brewers win over new fans with lighter beers

“When the weather warms up and the days get brighter, so do the beers people drink. And increasingly, craft brewers are focusing their efforts on those light, refreshing lagers.

Dustin Brau of Brau Brothers Brewing Company in Marshall MN is one of those brewers. He created a lager for his mom. She doesn’t like the hoppy IPAs that have become so popular in recent decades.

He says their Old 56 Light Beer, which took top honors in the 2024 MN Brewers Cup Awards in the American Lager category, “is something similar to what your parents would have drunk 30 years ago.”

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Committee passes bill changing how Colorado grocery stores can sell alcohol

Mastercard Plans a Network Fee Hike for Later This Month

True scale of US retail bloodbath revealed… and even big names Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond and Nike have suffered

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*There’s been a fair bit of shake up in the alcohol delivery space. Drizly, once the leader, is now on the outs. Do you use Uber Eats? DoorDash? Where have you seen success? Let us know and we may feature your comments in our next newsletter.

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HOW MUCH DID YOU LOSE LAST MONTH IN CC FEES BY NOT BEING ON DUAL PRICING? $3,000? $5,000? $10,000?

Building CC fees into your pricing is BAD business practice

That price ALWAYS looks higher than a store that can highlight their Cash price.With Dual Pricing, customers get an additional way to save EVERY day, not just on “Sr. Tuesday”, “Wine Wednesday”, etc… “Save w/ Cash 7 days a week”.

Competitors not doing Dual Pricing do not have pricing flexibility.

What would happen if you could…

  • Lower the regular price of Tito’s by $1 a bottle, for example
  • Avoid the next prices increases that the store down the street can’t

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