Group Wants Md. To Start Selling Wine Online

WJZ.com posted the article below about our efforts "to throw out the state's ban of online wine sales":

Group Wants Md. To Start Selling Wine Online



ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) ― There are new efforts by a Maryland consumers' group to throw out the state's ban of online wine sales.  As Gigi Barnett explains, the campaign has support from wineries, stores and buyers.

Online product sales have opened up markets for buyers and sellers of almost everything, but in Maryland, one product is out.

"You can order books, DVDs, but if you do that with a bottle of wine, you can go to jail," said Adam Borden.

Borden runs a non-profit group called Marylanders for Better Beer and Wine Laws.  Next week, he plans to ask lawmakers to do away with the state's direct shipping ban of wine and open doors for buyers to purchase from out-of-state wineries.

"Most Marylanders don't realize that legislators determine what they drink and unless they hear from consumers about this issue and say enough is enough, then it will remain status quo," Borden said.

Under a proposed law, an adult signature would be required before wine is delivered to homes, but some lawmakers fear teens would be able to get the product shipped to them.

Borden's group tried to change the law last year, but it didn't make it out of committee.  He says a list of lawmakers have signed on, and buyers, too.

"I've lived in multiple states over the last 10 years and most of the states that I've lived in have allowed people to buy across state lines," said Daniel Bickish.

"I think it's pretty archaic," said Jeanne Clingenpeel.  "It would certainly help Maryland's wine industry if we can show off our Maryland wines to more states."

Borden says local wineries agree because they can't get to potential customers.

"There is no way to expand your business but going online.  Many fine wine stores already have online capabilities but they don't turn them on because they can't ship to 80 or 90% of their customers in Maryland," Borden said.

Maryland has a little more than 120 fine wine stores.  Borden says they also support changing the law, because then they will be able to access more wines from other states.

Maryland is one of 17 states, including Kentucky and Utah, that do not allow online shipping of wine.

Wineries with Permits

Wineries Able to Ship to MD

Here is a link to the Comptroller's website. Search for "DW-Direct Wine Shippers Permit" under permit type.

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