Judge tosses Oklahoma liquor stores' challenge to wine in grocery stores


Last November, Oklahomans passed a ballot initiative allowing wine and full-strength beer to be sold in grocery stores across the state (previously only liquor stores could sell beer and wine). State alcohol retailers challenged the vote in court, but a federal judge just dismissed the suit and allowed the initiative to stand. As reported by NewsOK.com:

"A federal judge has dismissed liquor stores owners' legal challenge to a new law that will allow Oklahoma grocery stores to sell wine in 2018.

The Retail Liquor Association of Oklahoma, a trade group representing liquor store owners, filed the lawsuit challenging the new law in December.

Oklahoma voters in November approved State Question 792, which will allow grocery stores and convenience stores to sell wine and cold, full-strength beer beginning in October 2018. The measure passed with 65 percent of the vote.

U.S. District Court Judge Robin Cauthron on Thursday rejected the liquor store owners' protestations over SQ 792..."

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