DENVER — A coalition led by Colorado’s largest grocery stores submitted a pair of ballot initiatives Thursday that would allow the stores to sell wine alongside the full-strength beer that’s been a staple in their aisles since the beginning of 2019.
The initiatives, only one of which is expected to land on the November ballot, are likely to be as controversial as the last major change to state alcohol-sale laws.
The state has until March 23 to accept the ballot language. Backers will eventually need to seek 124,632 valid signatures and and choose which one of the two very similar proposals to move forward for voters to ultimately consider in November.
The measure Colorado voters are expected to consider is the latest in a long series of attempts to expand the number of locations at which alcoholic beverages are sold in Colorado. And it could lead to a high-visibility campaign this fall that will pit Safeway and King Soopers — and likely, third-party delivery services like Instacart — against locally owned liquor stores and residents who believe expansion of such sales could be detrimental.
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