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Jason Mercier, October, 2013
In 2011, when 59 percent of Washington state voters decided to end the 78-year-old government monopoly on selling liquor by approving Initiative 1183, opponents said privatization would lead to an increase in alcohol-related arrests. It hasn’t. A year after Washington joined the majority of states in allowing the private sale of liquor, law enforcement data shows the worst predictions of opponents have not materialized.