Colorado Obsolete Alcohol Constitutional Provisions, Referendum N (2008)

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The Colorado Referendum N, also known as the Alcoholic Beverages Act, appeared as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 2008 ballot in Colorado, where it was approved.[1]

The measure amended the Colorado Constitution to eliminate obsolete constitutional provisions regarding intoxicating liquor. It passed the state legislature as House Concurrent Resolution 08-1008.[2]

Election results

Referendum N (2008)
Approveda Yes 1,449,383 68.8%

Election Results via: The Colorado Secretary of State

Specific Provisions

The measure eliminated language concerning the outdated ban on importing, manufacturing and selling tainted alcohol, which dates back to the original Colorado Constitution of 1876, and the era of tainted moonshine. This provision is no longer in use, and only serves to clutter the current constitution.[2]


Sponsors of the measure included:

Supporters argued that these provisions are outdated. The state still has the authority to regulate alcoholic beverages, and the quality of alcoholic beverages is regulated by the federal government, so it is no longer Colorado's responsibility.


Opponents said the provisions have historical significance and are from an interesting period of Colorado's history. They said that removing this from the Constitution would strip it of some of its historical character. They also worried that removing the provision would hamper future research of past laws and provisions.

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