Back in 2011 a huge scare tactic used to oppose the closing of state liquor stores was teenage drinking would skyrocket, DUI rates would increase, as would alcoholism. A new report challenges those assertions.
Now that hard alcohol can be purchased in pretty much every grocery store, Gov. Inslee is expected to sign off on a bill that will require automated check out machines at stores to freeze a transaction that involves alcohol.
Suppose the folks in Olympia are laughing? After the long awaiting privatization of the state's liquor industry, legislators just had to come up with a way of offset lost revenue from the closed stores.