BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- It's been two years since the initiative to privatize liquor sales in Washington took effect.

Since then the number of stores selling alcohol has increased with new big box stores as well as drug and grocery stores putting liquor on the shelf

. While alcohol is more convenient for consumers, it's not cheaper.

The Bellingham Herald reportsthe average price for a liter of spirits sold in March -- including taxes -- was $24.67.

The average price in June 2011 -- a year before the initiative went into effect -- was $21.35.

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