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Michigan Bans direct beer, wine, and liquor retail shipments


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LANSING -- Direct shipment of wine to Michigan consumers, except

under tightly controlled conditions, will be shut down under

legislation that was headed toward final approval in the state

Legislature on Thursday night.

The legislation -- prompted by a federal court decision striking

down a state law that prohibited out-of-state retailers from shipping

wine to consumers, while permitting in-state retailers to do so -- won

easy approval in the state Senate and faces little opposition in the


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That is my understanding of what this legislation does. A year or two ago a federal court said that Michigan couldn't allow in-state retailers to ship wines to Michigan consumers, but ban out of state retailers from doing so. So, this is the wonderful response we get. Now it's ALL banned. I mean, this is not as backwards as Pennsylvania's laws ( http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf..._sales_irk.html ) or many of the other crazy laws around the country ( beer in Mississippi can't be over 6% ABW, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22958512/ ), but it's a step in the wrong direction.

I think the biggest reason for this is to protect tax revenues.

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