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Suit filed against State Liquor Board over distribution restrictions


Washington State Wire

GONE BUT TRYING NOT TO BE FORGOTTEN: A closed Washington state liquor store.

The organizations which launched Initiative 1183, the ballot measure that shut down Washington State liquor stores, have gone to court to challenge new state rules they say undermine the competition they envisioned when they filed the measure last year.

The rules adopted by the state Liquor Control Board are one factor in the somewhat-higher liquor prices Washington consumers noted when vodka and whiskey started showing up on supermarket shelves June 1 and the old state liquor stores closed for good. The 1183 coalition says the rules tend to arbitrarily restrict wholesale distribution of wine and spirits, shutting down alternate distribution channels envisioned by the initiative and reinf...

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