Oklahoma Voters Approve State Question 792, To Change Liquor Laws
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma voters have agreed to update some liquor laws that date to the Prohibition era.
Under Question 792, grocery stores will be able to sell wine and strong beer beginning in 2018. The constitutional amendment approved Tuesday also gives the state permission to sell drinks in state lodges.
Many grocery stores, wineries, breweries and chambers of commerce supported the measure. Liquor store operators warned that hundreds of package stores could close.
The proposal gives liquor stores permission to sell ice and mixers. Still, the Retail Liquor Association of Oklahoma said its members would be left "in the wilderness" while seeking a way to survive.
Some Oklahoma laws date to Prohibition. One limits beer sales in grocery stores to products with an alcohol content of 3.2 percent or less.