Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission (OLCC) orders independent liquor store operators in Oregon to stop selling all Russian-made distilled spirits.
The OLCC has sequestered the rest of the Russian spirits supply at its Portland warehouse.
Statewide, about 5,000 bottles of Russian-made liquor are currently on sale at 281 liquor stores. More than 6,200 bottles remain in the OLCC warehouse distribution center.
Effective immediately, liquor stores have begun removing all bottles of Russian-made liquor from their shelves, and the OLCC has stopped processing orders for such products from its warehouse.
In a statement, the OLCC said it was taking this action in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and that the removal of these products aligns with other states that have acted to ban the sale of Russian-made products under economic sanctions against Russian-operated companies. .
Economic sanctions against the Russian government are intended to end this conflict.
“The actions of the Russian government are not the actions of the Russian people,” Oregon Governor Kate Brown said. “We value our Russian community here in Oregon, and many Russian families are affected by this conflict.”
Oregon Liquor stores are also prohibited from fulfilling customer “special order” requests for liquor made in Russia. stores.
“The OLCC understands that there are times when we need to answer a higher call for the sake of humanity, and this is just one small step that the OLCC and the State of l Oregon can do,” said Paul Rosenbaum, chairman of the Oregon Alcohol and Cannabis Commission. .