End Maryland’s Ban on Direct Shipping!

Could this be the year Maryland residents get the right to order wine
online? Hopes are high that the Legislature might finally pass
legislation legalizing direct shipping of wine to consumers. I explore
this issue in today’s column in The Washington Post.

After
I wrote this, someone told me only 15% of wines on the market are
actually distributed in Maryland through the normal three-tier
distribution channels. That is market forces. But why should state law
restrict us from reaching out of channels for the others? That’s not
fair.

What can we do about it? Write to your state delegate or senator in support of direct wine shipping legislation. Support Marylanders for Better Beer and Wine Laws. Post a comment here or on my column on washingtonpost.com. But don’t stay silent.

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3 Responses to End Maryland’s Ban on Direct Shipping!

  1. Les Hubbard says:

    Dave, Nicely balanced article in the Post, and well-written as usual.
    I’ll come back tomorrow or Friday with my personal views on direct
    shipping and the economics of the three tier system. Time for me to run
    off to my retail work to put some bottles on the shelf and peddle a few
    wines.

  2. Dennis Sherman says:

    Fingers crossed!
    A propos, can you tell me if there are any other jurisdictions which,
    like DC, permit importers to also be retailers?
    Thanks

  3. Apparently Berkeley, California, and New York City do, as Kermit Lynch
    and Neal Rosenthal have or have had stores. They began as retailers,
    apparently, then went into importing.

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