A number of Boise downtown businesses found themselves in violation of Idaho booze laws during the monthly “First Thursday” promotion when State Police visited their establishments.
Seems you need a license–or catering permit–to dispense alcohol even for free. Apparently it is standard practice to entice visitors with a little fruit of the vine. The GUARDIAN spoke with Sgt. Greg Harris who works at the ABC of the ISP (alcohol beverage control of Idaho State Police) who said officers visited the galleries and other shops dispensing the booze.
“No tickets were written, but we did issue warnings. Those folks can get permits through the city,” said Harris.
It would be prudent for businesses to have proper permits for the August event. Here’s a free tip from the GUARDIAN : Even with a permit it would be wise to check ID of drinkers because cops tend to be less forgiving after issuing warnings.
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