Maryland OKs Direct Wine Shipping

Governor to sign bill May 10, will be effective July 1

by Jane Firstenfeld
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The direct shipping bill will come before Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley next week.
Annapolis, Md.—Next week, Maryland officially will become the 38th state to allow winery-direct shipping, when Gov. Martin O’Malley signs into law House Bill 1175/Senate Bill 248. The new regulations will be effective starting July 1, 2011.

Free the Grapes! announced the success if its decade-long campaign this  morning. In a statement, executive director Jeremy Benson, credited those who’d led the fight:  Adam Borden and the Marylanders for Better Beer & Wine Laws, Kevin Atticks and the Maryland Wineries Association, Wine Merchants Association of Maryland, Maryland Farm Bureau, Wine Institute and Maryland wine lovers. “Without their advocacy and patience over the past decade, Maryland would still be in the dark ages,” he said. He noted that Maryland retailers had lobbied effectively to exclude retailers from the direct shipping bill.

Press contact Sean Carroll told Wines & Vines that details for direct-shipping licenses or shipping limitations are not yet available, but said that the new regulations are similar to Free the Grapes’ Model Bill.

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