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Proposed ballot measure would allow grocery stores to sell liquor

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PORTLAND, OR (AP) -

Oregon grocery stores are once again pursuing a ballot measure that would allow them to sell hard liquor.

Operating under a group called Oregonians for Competition, grocers filed paperwork for the ballot measure on Wednesday.

The initiative would allow liquor sales at stores that currently sell beer and wine, but not at gas stations.

Currently, only the state can import and distribute liquor, which is sold at state-licensed stores.

Advocates say the initiative would make alcohol purchases more convenient.

Critics have said in the past that privatizing the liquor system would make it harder for Oregon's craft distillers to compete for shelf space.

Grocers pursued a similar initiative two years ago but dropped it when they ran out of time to collect signatures. Washington voters privatized liquor sales in 2011.

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