Attack of the Stupid Wine Legislation
A new law goes into effect on September 12 that will prohibit children from observing wine, beer or alcohol tastings. The new "Blind Wine" law was passed in response to another law that was passed which would have allowed wine, beer and spirit tastings in off premise establishments (grocery stores and wine shops, for example). The language reads: "Taste-testing activities must be conducted in a manner that precludes the possibility of observation by children."
According to Maine State Representative David Webster, "I and a number of other legislators were concerned regarding the
idea that grocery stores will have families going into them to shop and
seeing adults standing around drinking hard liquor."
And you know what that leads to right? Crack Cocaine use. You betcha.
The problem with Representative Webster's explanation for his ludicrous legislation is that he does not accompany it with any explanation as to why a child seeing someone sip wine or bourbon might cause so much harm to that child that their must be legal blinders placed over the children's eyes. In all fairness, that part of his explanation to the reporter in the story linked above may have been edited out. But still, I can't imagine what that explanation would be. Let's try some out and see what we get.
1. When children observe adults sipping wine, they immediately become 50% more predisposed to becoming alcoholics. NAW.
2. When children observe adults sipping wine in a grocery store, they become much more likely to take a soft drink off the shelf and begin drinking it without paying for it. NOPE
3. When Children observe adults sipping wine in a retail setting, they are likely to fall over into a catatonic state. HUH UH!
4. Maine Legislators bowed to pressure from temperance organizations who claimed any exposure to drinking was bad for children, presumably because drinking, in any form is bad, and those legislators realize no politician ever got voted out of office for supporting any law, be it dumb, stupid or unsupportable with logic, that claimed to protect children. BINGO! WE HAVE A WINNER.