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Thursday, November 20, 2008

A federal judge has ruled a state law banning Massachusetts residents from buying wine from most out-of-state wineries is illegal.

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Adam Gaffin tells us the great news - Hic, hic, hooray! | Universal Hub:
"A federal judge has ruled a state law banning Massachusetts residents from buying wine from most out-of-state wineries is illegal.

Judge Rya Zobel of U.S. District Court in Boston, ruled that the law violates the interstate commerce clause of the Constitution because it lets all Massachusetts wineries to sell locally but blocks 98% of non-Massachusetts wineries from the local market for no good reason the court could discern (or words to that effect).

Her decision is on a suit filed by a group of California winemakers.

Read Zobel's decision [ pdf ]."
Cheers!

I've been complaining about this law for years.

Hopefully, lawmakers will adhere to the ruling.

2 comments:

  1. This indeed terrific news! One of the more stupid laws on the MA books. But like any law, there were loopholes.

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  2. Right. So very stupid from the start.

    You could ship yourself wine from California, if you bought it at a winery and took it to a shipping company and then shipped it to yourself, but hte winery couldn't ship it for you, even if you were there!

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