Private Grays Harbor stores able to sell liquor starting today
Today marks the day that state run liquor stores are officially closed and stores across the state can begin selling hard alcohol privately. 23 stores in Grays Harbor have filed for a Change in Class with the Washington State Liquor Control Board to sell Wine or Spirits in their store since Initiative 1183 was approved by voters.
The Washington State Supreme Court yesterday rejected a lawsuit claiming that Initiative 1183 violated the state. The Court also rejected a claim that the description of the new law on voters’ ballots was misleading.
Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna said that I-1183 ends the state’s monopoly on the sale of liquor, and the law contained several details to ensure that both public safety and state revenues from liquor sales are carefully protected in the process.