Private liquor sales begin in Clark County




The Columbian will be reporting on today’s first day of private liquor sales in Clark County. If you’re shopping for spirits today, we’d love to hear from you and perhaps use your comments in an article. Please let us know what you think of the new choices and prices at your local stores. And, please tell us where you live, where you shopped, and an an e-mail address where we can contact you. E-mail or with your story.

In case you missed it, the Washington Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a voter-approved initiative privatizing liquor sales a day before the measure goes into effect, legalizing sales of tequila, rum and other spirits at hundreds of retail stores across the state.

Voters approved Initiative 1183 last fall, dismantling Washington’s state-run liquor system, which was formed in the 1930s in the aftermath of Prohibition.

Business reporter Cami Joner wrote on Sunday about Clark County’s long history with liquor.

Our Editorial Board weighed in today on the new law, saying “This is good for many reasons, starting with the fact that it’s what the people want.”