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In a 4-1 vote on Tuesday the Maine Liquor and Lottery Commission rejected a proposal by Gregg Mineo, director of the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations, to ban the sale of tiny liquor bottles known as “nips” in Maine. Mineo cited two reasons for his proposal to delist 50-milliliter spirits products: 1) Making it safer to travel Maine's roads by removing a product that is easier to drink while driving and 2) eliminating unsightly litter from our communities. But the commission overrode that recommendation, citing the need to protect jobs and consumer choice. A recent report also noted that 9.8 million nip bottles were sold in Maine in 2016, resulting in $10 million in sales and a gross profit for the state of $4 million (a 44% increase over the previous year).
Do you support the commission’s decision to allow the continued sale of nips in Maine?