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post Sep 24 2003, 06:13 PM
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Switzerland Consider Legalising Absinthe

The Swiss parliament is to consider legalising absinthe - the alcoholic drink dubbed the 'queen of poisons' and 'liquid cocaine'. The infamous green herbal liqueur often blamed for driving people mad has been banned in Switzerland for almost a century.

But it is also praised for its reputed medicinal virtues and appears set for a comeback. Swiss deputy Jean-Claude Cornu has asked the senate, the Council of States, to consider legislation allowing the spirit to be distilled and traded freely once again.

In a motion to parliament, he said absinthe would bring great economic and cultural benefits for an isolated valley in the northern Jura Shwills, the Val de Travers.

It is claimed to be the birthplace of the alcohol, made from wormwood. About 15,000 litres of absinthe are thought to be distilled illegally in the Val de Travers every year.


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post Sep 24 2003, 06:19 PM
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all those poor old farmers must be pissed.

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post Sep 24 2003, 06:20 PM
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Yes, but for the rest of us, this could be a good thing! We'll just have to wait and see...


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post Sep 24 2003, 06:56 PM
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Not necessarily...

I mean, it is already legal to produce in so many places.

Unless, of course, some of them thar farmers have commercial aspirations. In that case, yes, I would expect to see a price drop and greater availability and quality control.

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post Sep 24 2003, 07:12 PM
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QUOTE (kallisti @ Sep 24 2003, 10:56 AM)
Unless, of course, some of them thar farmers have commercial aspirations. In that case, yes, I would expect to see a price drop and greater availability and quality control.

Yes, that's what I had in mind...


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post Sep 24 2003, 08:07 PM
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I for one would love to see how this turns out. Think about being able to get acctual Swiss La Blanche without getting ass rapped by Betty wink.gif


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post Sep 24 2003, 08:20 PM
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You can already do that by buying from LDF or spending the time and money to learn how to make your own.

Kubler is legal in Switzerland, but it's the only one the swiss government allows, and it's not very good.
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post Sep 24 2003, 08:42 PM
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This is really remarkable. I've heard of it from a friend in Switzerland some weeks ago.
We'll see how long it will take till there are others than Kübler to produce Absinthe in Switzerland...
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post Sep 24 2003, 09:03 PM
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QUOTE (Rimbaud @ Sep 24 2003, 10:13 AM)
Switzerland Consider Legalising Absinthe


IMHO, I feel the most important aspect of this is the "hope" that the US govt. will realize how much money they are wasting monitoring for/confiscating "bootleg" absinthe purchased overseas, and how much money they can gain (as I am sure Switzerland realized) by legalizing the production of a product that can and will be taxed! Add into it the realization that the US is THE only country that doesn't have their hand in the cookie jar, and I think we might be on the verge of legalized absinthe.

Whether that is good or bad, hell, I don't know. But will I be happy to buy cheap spanish banadine flavored absinthe at the local liquor store? HELL YES I WILL!

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post Sep 24 2003, 09:18 PM
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Absinthe is legal in Canada...but since most provincial governments control the purchasing and distribution of liquor (and sometimes the sales of it, too), we have very limited choice.

I would wet myself if I ever saw Spanish absinthe in a store here.


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post Sep 24 2003, 11:03 PM
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QUOTE (Balzdeep @ Sep 24 2003, 01:03 PM)
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Switzerland Consider Legalising Absinthe


IMHO, I feel the most important aspect of this is the "hope" that the US govt. will realize how much money they are wasting monitoring for/confiscating "bootleg" absinthe purchased overseas, and how much money they can gain (as I am sure Switzerland realized) by legalizing the production of a product that can and will be taxed! Add into it the realization that the US is THE only country that doesn't have their hand in the cookie jar, and I think we might be on the verge of legalized absinthe.

Whether that is good or bad, hell, I don't know. But will I be happy to buy cheap spanish banadine flavored absinthe at the local liquor store? HELL YES I WILL!

Oh yeah, and the site is AWESOME! w00t1.gif

I just hope that if it get legalized in the US companies like Bush and Coors dont try and flood the market with shitty ass absinthe. I think the one US company that cound make some really good Abs is Sam Adams considering that they just made that new beer ( sorry i forgot the name ).


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post Sep 24 2003, 11:29 PM
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I may be wrong, but my sense is that Americans aren't too nuts about anything with anise. Even when absinthe was legal in the U.S., the market for it -- outside of New Orleans -- was pretty small. Why should things be any different in the future?
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post Sep 24 2003, 11:45 PM
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I think we can safely say it ain't never gonna happen. no market and no moolah to move the gubmint to riteousness.
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post Sep 25 2003, 12:39 AM
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IMHO, I feel the most important aspect of this is the "hope" that the US govt. will realize how much money they are wasting monitoring for/confiscating "bootleg" absinthe purchased overseas, and how much money they can gain (as I am sure Switzerland realized) by legalizing the production of a product that can and will be taxed! Add into it the realization that the US is THE only country that doesn't have their hand in the cookie jar, and I think we might be on the verge of legalized absinthe.


The only thing is that the US Government is wasting no money whatsoever confiscating Absinthe. The market here is negligable, customs is searching for bigger things that are actually threatening for people, and to be honest I'll bet that the importation of untaxed alcohol is really the only problem for them.

Secondly the amount of money the *government* has to gain on commercial absinthe is probably next to none, and there isn't anybody here who has enough interest in producing it here and selling it in a larger US market to invest the money in changing the laws.

To be honest I don't think anybody here really gives much of anything about Absinthe except for us and druggies who think it's a different high.

I can't imagine it being legal here anytime soon. On the other hand, in Switzerland they might have more to gain.


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post Sep 25 2003, 01:06 AM
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Well, considering how highly absinthe (and absinthesque beverages) have been figuring in pop culture lately, I'd not be surprised if an American company wanted to distill it here. I think there is a market for the cheap stuff, and that would enable the importation (or production . . . Ted?) of the good stuff. There will always be 20-somethings who want to light their Hill's on fire.

I'm sure a whole lot more Albertson's Brand Scotch sells than Glenlivet, but if people didn't drink the Albertson's Brand, there'd likely not be much of a Glenlivet market, either.

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