Oklahoma liquor retailers prepare for wine fight

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma liquor retailers are gearing up for a wine fight now that the Oklahoma Supreme Court has given its blessing to an initiative petition that seeks voter approval of a plan to let big grocery stores in Oklahoma's largest counties sell wine.

The Retail Liquor Association of Oklahoma opposes the petition by Oklahomans for Modern Laws, which proposes a new licensing scheme for wine that is now sold almost exclusively at licensed liquor stores.

The president of the retail liquor group, J.P. Richard, says the petition amounts to an invitation to big corporate business to make a cash-flow grab in the state.

In a narrow 5-4 vote, the state's highest court has allowed supporters to collect voter signatures to have the measure placed on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

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