Initiative 1183

I will be voting yes on Initiative 1183 in Washington State. This would end the state run monopoly on the sale of liquor in Washington. It would allow some (large) stores to sell liquor. No, this isn’t perfect, and seems to not have a way for a small specialty liquor import shop to open, maybe that can be changed in the future.

Opponents say that Costco et al are supporting this initiative so they can make money. Sure, I believe that. However, the biggest sponsors against the initiative campaign are…drum roll...Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Inc., an out-of-state association of liquor middlemen

So, the financial backer of both sides are in it for the money. Fine by me, this goes to show you that when corporations petition the government, sometimes they petition for opposite things. So, what is in the best interest of the people of Washington…how about the moral one of:

The government should not be in the business of peddling the vices.

 

I am in total favor of liberalizing alcohol laws. (I also believe that if someone is old enough to vote, or take a bullet for their country, they deserve a beer, but that’s a different debate.)

(In the spirit of full disclosure, MyBetterHalf works for a large retail store that would benefit from the sale of liquor)

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