These are difficult times for people who love a drink. Everywhere around the world taxes on alcohol are going upand this month there is even a lobby to stay sober in October. Ridiculous of course, but it’s not all bad. The Canadian town Cardston in the province Alberta might lift a 109 year ban on alcohol. The 3.500 habitants will have the chance to vote on the matter in a plebiscite. The question is pretty simple: “Are you in favour of alcohol sales within the town of Cardston?”
Now you might wonder why a Canadian village would have such a prohibition. Isn’t Canada a known drinking country? Well, Cardston was founded in 1887 by Mormon settlers and today still 80% of the residents are Mormons. Their church doesn’t allow them to drink alcohol, coffee or tea. But not only do they live sober and boring lives themselves, they expect others to do the same. But of course this prohibition is killing for tourism. The plebiscite might lead to restaurants being able to seel alcoholic drinks, however it does not call for the opening of liquor stores. Well, it’s a start. At the moment the nearest place to buy alcohol is a town called Fort Macleod, which is over 60 kilometres north of Cardston.
Update: We are sad to inform you that the residents of Cardston voted to keep their booze ban intact. Prohibition got 1089 votes, while only 347 people were willing to make their town a livable place. They also voted against sporting events and other facilities on Sundays and the idea of keeping backyard hens. Weird fuckers those Mormons.
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