Liquor, Pot Debate Moves From Capitol to Ballot | 101 KXL

Liquor, Pot Debate Moves From Capitol to Ballot

Written by FM News 101 KXL on March 9, 2014
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SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Oregon voters could get the chance to decide on the future of liquor and marijuana now that the Legislature has adjourned without taking action.

Questions on ending the state’s control over the liquor business and legalizing recreational use of marijuana are the subjects of several initiatives seeking spots on the November ballot.

Grocery chains want to privatize liquor sales and allow stores that already sell beer and wine to stock distilled spirits. Currently, only state-regulated liquor stores are permitted to sell them.

Before adjourning Friday, the Legislature declined to take action on a “hybrid” bill that instead would have let the stores stock liquor but kept state control of those sales.

Lawmakers also did nothing with a bill giving voters a say on marijuana legalization, but allowing the Legislature to write the rules.

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