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Wine Drinking May Become Easier, More Pricey In Md

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Wine drinking in Maryland could become much easier — though not without a price.

Maryland lawmakers advanced a measure last week that would legalize shipments of wine directly from wineries to consumers, while they also pushed a new tax on alcohol sales.

The House and Senate both gave tentative approval last week to the long-sought wine-shipping bill.

Meanwhile, a Senate panel advanced a proposal to phase in a 3-percent tax on alcohol sales over the next three years.

A spokesman for Gov. Martin O’Malley says the governor will sign the shipping bill if it reaches his desk, and will keep an “open mind” on the alcohol tax.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    Everything you touch, eat & use is going to cost you a few more shekels in the near future. It is the only thing our legislators know how to pay for something instead of governing us 101 at the least.

  2. Herman Glimsher says:

    OUR DEMOCRAT LAWMAKERS ARE SO INTELLIGENT……………THEY SAY THEY’RE HELPING SMALL BUSINESSES IN MARYLAND AND THEN THEY PASS A BILL MAKING IT LEGAL FOR PEOPLE TO BY PASS LOCAL LIQUOR STORES AND PURCHASE FROM WINERIES IN OTHER STATES???????????

    HOW IS THIS HELPING WINE AND LIQUOR STORE OWNERS IN MARYLAND??? NOT TO MENTION, THIS DOESN’T HELP THE LOCAL MARYLAND WINERIES????

    POLITICIANS ARE LOSERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Michael says:

      Herman,
      This law has been on the books for years. They are now (finally) working on making it Legal to buy/sell from out of state vendors.

    2. Jonathan says:

      As a matter of principle, because I could not ship in wine from out of state, I have refused to buy from within the state. Now, I’ll be more likely to purchase wine from anywhere (including MD wineries) and ship it to my UPS box (another business that profits from the exchange).

      As brick-and-mortar gives way to direct shipping, Maryland wineries need to adapt to that change and invest in the infrastructure to serve both a local and a global market. If they’re unwilling to adapt to the times, I’m equally unwilling to subsidize their existence with anti-competitive trade laws. If they’re confident in their product, they shouldn’t be intimidated with the costly process of safely shipping wine, as that will increase the price for those “importing” wine from out of state. They only need to worry if they are charging too much for inferior product.

      If you have a credit card and an internet connection, you have access to the global marketplace. Ignoring online shopping won’t make the problem go away. It makes it worse.

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