State’s New Rules On Beer, Cough Meds, Cigarettes Take Effect Sunday

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By Andrea Lucia, Aug 28, 2019

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – New laws taking effect Sunday could change the way you shop for beer, cold medicine or cigarettes.

“We are finally free of the chains that prohibited us from selling beer to go,” said Brad Mall, owner of Oak Highlands Brewery in Dallas’ Lake Highlands neighborhood.

Near the bar, he’s kept a fridge labeled “beer to go” wrapped in chains and padlocked for years.

“It was just my political statement to say that this is silly,” explains owner Brad Mall.

The brewery will celebrate the change in the law this Sunday by breaking the lock on the fridge.

“And we will sell beer to go for the first time in Texas history!” he said.

In contrast to the changes at local breweries, employees at the Texas Star Pharmacy in Plano are locking away some of their products.

A new law forbids selling dextromethorphan to anyone under the age of 18.

It’s the active ingredient in almost all well-known over the counter cough suppressants. One exception you won’t find it in is cough drops.

A study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found just over 3% of high school seniors in 2017 had used the drug to get high.

Tobacco and vape shops will also be adjusting to new age restrictions.

A new law will change the legal smoking age to 21. Exceptions exist for active-duty military and anyone who has turned 18 by this Saturday … READ MORE. 

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