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Dry Law Lifted for Sunday GOP Primary

By on March 4, 2016

SAN JUAN – The implementation of an alcohol sales prohibition, or dry law, during the Republican presidential primary Sunday in Puerto Rico has reportedly been lifted.

Article 12.021 of Act 78 of 2011 states that alcoholic beverages cannot be sold on election days, thus the State Elections Commission (CEE by its Spanish acronym) had banned the prohibition of alcohol sales Sunday.

Various legislators and business groups said the impact of the dry law would be detrimental to the economy.

The dry law states that anyone who sells or provides alcohol from 12 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the day of a public election will be charged with a misdemeanor offense. The violation’s penalty is a fine of up to $5,000 and imprisonment for a maximum of 90 days.

The only exceptions to the law are cruiseship restaurants and bars or Tourism Co.-certified hotels and paradores.

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