Alcohol may get costlier, while state pot sales hit delays

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File image of liquor on store shelves. (Undated image | KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN ) — It soon could cost those in Oregon more to buy liquor. And for those in Washington state, residents are being told state-licensed sales of marijuana won’t be happening as soon as originally hoped.

In Oregon state budget writers are considering adding an additional 25 cents to the price of each bottle.

Regulators also wants to continue a 50-cent surcharge. The surcharge was put in place four years ago and is due to expire.

Oregon reports the combined surcharges would bring in around $50 million over the next two years. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is expected to take up the issue at a public meeting next Friday.

Meanwhile, in Washington state, leaders have decided to delay the process for giving licenses.

The Washington State Liquor Control Board is now in charge of issuing all growing, processing and sales licenses. The agency reported that won’t happen until Dec. 1, which means sales won’t begin until next spring — at the earliest.

Washington voters passed the measure legalizing pot this past November.

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