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Marijuana hasn't hurt booze sales in the three states where weed has been legal the longest, liquor industry group's study says

January 10, 2019

Distilled Spirits Council says spirits sales went up in Colorado, Oregon and Washington state - although wine and beer stayed on their mixed to negative course. The council analyzed per capita alcohol sales in the three states for the two years prior to marijuana being legalized and up to four years after using state-level alcohol tax receipts and shipment data. Sales of spirits increased from 3.6 percent in Oregon to 7.6 percent in Colorado. Wine sales were up in Colorado and Oregon, but down in Washington state. Beer sales, which have been losing market share to spirits and wine over the last decade to begin with, were down in all three states