- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two companies that partner with retailers to deliver alcoholic beverages in the District of Columbia have been declared legal by city regulators.

The D.C. Alcohol Beverage Control Board informed the companies Drizly and Klink on Friday that their business models don’t violate District law.

The companies act as middlemen, providing websites and smartphone apps that allow customers to order beer, wine or liquor. They don’t sell or deliver the alcohol themselves, leaving that to licensed retailers. That’s why they were found to be legal.

Klink was already operating in the District, and Drizly announced Friday that it would launch in the nation’s capital “in the coming days.”

In June, city regulators found that another online booze vendor, Ultra, was selling alcohol without a license and ordered it to stop operating.

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