"Alcopops" Ruled As Hard Liquor
Today the Nebraska Supreme Court made that decision, now classifying alcopops as hard liquor, raising the sales tax and the price you pay for it. Video by kmtv.comvideo
These flavored alcohol drinks are still pouring out lots of controversy.
The issue? Drinks like Mike's Hard Lemonade, Smirnoff and Twisted Tea.
Are they beer or liquor?
Today the Nebraska Supreme Court made that decision, now classifying alcopops as hard liquor, raising the sales tax and the price you pay for it.
The drinks appeal to a younger crowd. They taste like pop, but they're packed with alcohol.
The ruling is a win for local groups like Project Extra Mile, fighting for years to keep the drinks away from teens.
"Kids are price sensitive, all of the literature points in that direction, and so we know that as we increase price we increase the less opportunity for people to have access to them", says Executive Director with Project Extra Mile Diane Riibe.
Here's the math, the tax on a six pack will be about two dollars more. Something college students aren't happy about.
"I mean yeah I am opposed to it, I think it's ridiculous, I could definitely use all the money I can get."
The Nebraska Liquor Control Commission opposed the change.
When asked about court ruling, commissioners refused to comment.