“Draft Law” Allowing Mich. Wine Shipping in Works

Crain’s Detroit Business Journal reports that a Draft Bill has been prepared by WineMichigan, a new association of Michigan wineries that has formed quite recently. The bill seems quite reasonable on its face and is described as follows:

"WineMichigan proposes legislation that would allow out-of-state and in-state wineries to direct ship, with limits. Under a draft bill, non-Michigan wineries would have to apply for a state permit, similar to the license that in-state wineries hold. Out-of-state wineries would have to agree to abide by all Michigan laws and regulations, including collecting applicable taxes and remitting them to the state and keeping their records on file and available for state audit at any time, (Donald) Coe said.

"The bill would limit the amount of wine an in-state or out-of-state winery could sell to an individual, and would also restrict the total amount one winery could ship in the state. As proposed, a winery could sell two cases of 12, 750-milliliter bottles a month to a consumer, and could sell no more than 50,000 gallons in all of Michigan.

It’s looking more and more like the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers and their advocate-in-office Nida Samona are facing stiff competition in their quest to kill Michigan wineries by banning all direct shipping."

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