The Washington State Supreme Court this week gave the green light for today's transition to private liquor sales by rejecting a lawsuit Thursday that claimed I-1183 violated the state's constitution.
Opponents had claimed the initiative violated state law because it contained a provision to set aside funding for public safety. Michael Subit, the attorney who represented those who filed the lawsuit, told The Seattle Times the ruling effectively marks the end of opponents' efforts against the new law.
"There's nowhere to go from here. On the issue of the constitutionality of a state statute, the Washington Supreme Court is the final word," Subit told the newspaper.
Edmonds' state-run liquor store . The store, to be called Edmonds Liquor & Wine, is expected to reopen under private ownership sometime in June. In addition, a store clerk there said that at least two previous employees have been offered jobs there.
Meanwhile, several Edmonds stores have been granted spirits retailer licenses by the state liquor control board. Here's the most recent list of active and pending licenses, according to state records. Petosa's Family Grocer on Fifth Avenue South is expected to have liquor by Aug. 1, says owner Betty Jo Petosa.
Note that the price on the bottle is not what you're going to pay at checkout. There is an addition $3.77 per liter tax ($2.83 for a fifth) and a 20.5 percent spirits tax. Washington state sales tax and county/city tax as normal (varies by area) includes beer and wine by does not include liquor.
- Bartell Drugs: 23028 100th Ave. W
- QFC: 22828 100th Ave. W
- Rite Aid: 22515 Highway 99
- Safeway: 23632 Highway 99
- Top Food & Drug: 21900 Highway 99
Caitlin Moran contributed to this report.