THE recent arrest of an Oklahoma City bartender for infusing vodka with bacon has gained national attention, and understandably so. It's a bizarre story that's easily understood. But it highlights a problem we have noted before: Oklahoma has too many laws and regulations that make little sense.
At least the vodka controversy seems to have originated with a law that had a valid purpose at one time. Many other regulations exist mostly to stifle competition in the marketplace, not to protect consumers.
The bacon-infused vodka controversy originated when a manager at The Pump Bar, located in an old gas station in Oklahoma City, was arrested for violating a state law that bans refilling a liquor bottle with different contents. The bar may lose thousands of dollars in sales until this issue is clarified.
It appears the Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission is prepared to rule that the law doesn't apply to the sale of infused drinks, so this problem may be quickly resolved.