Coalition proposes ballot measure to bring liquor to grocery stores

Liquor SalesOre. — A coalition is filing paperwork for a ballot measure to allow Oregon grocery stores to sell liquor.

Oregonians for Competition’s proposal aims to end the state’s monopoly on hard liquor that dates back to the end of prohibition.

The initiative would allow private liquor distribution and warehousing as well as strengthen penalties for people who sell alcohol to minors.

The proposal will need more than $88,000 signatures to be included on the ballot in 2016.

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