Washington ends liquor monopoly
The end of the state-controlled sale of spirits in Washington State took place at the end of May, and has many retailers worried about the impact on wine sales.
caleb foster buty
When Prohibition ended in 1933 a handful of state governments elected to control alcoholic beverage sales, but consumers have been gradually trying to change the system.
Washington State allows privately-owned wine shops but controls the sale of spirits. Now, after the Supreme Court voted to uphold I-1183, the ground-breaking legislation allowing private sales of spirits in stores of more than 10,000 square feet (930 square metres), the alcohol retail landscape will look very different.