Lee Harvey Oswald, Aliens and the Wine Wholesalers
I hate to keep bringing up the cynicism of wine wholesalers (yea….right) but it occurs to me that the new Michigan Direct Shipping legislation that passed the Michigan State House and that the Governor is about to sign might just be the result of truly conspiratorial and cynical thinking and maneuvers on the part of wine wholesalers.
The law, while it allows any winery anywhere to ship direct to Michigan consumers, only allows Michigan wineries to sell direct to retailers. Out-of-state wineries may not. Now, also in the law is language that says, according to Crain’s Detroit, "if a section of
Michigan’s liquor-control code that deals direct shipping to retailers
is found unconstitutional, then that entire section would be repealed
and replaced with a new section that would prohibit all direct sales to
restaurants and retailers."
Let’s keep in mind that Wholesalers, beyond anything else, want to assure they are the only ones who can sell to restaurants and retailers. Let’s recall that the Michigan wine wholesalers pushed Michigan lawmakers as hard as they could to outlaw Michigan wineries from selling direct to retailers, a privilege Michigan wineries have had for some time. The compromise was Michigan wineries may continue to do this but out of state wineries may not.
Most legal minds that look t this provision of the new law believe it is clearly unconstitutional. However, it will stand until challenged.
So here’s what I’m wondering. How long will it be until the Michigan wholesalers convince a friendly retailer to challenge the law, have it called unconstitutional, and thereby shut down all sales from wineries to retailers?
Yes, it’s true. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald was a patsy and in UFOs. But I KNOW wholesalers are the most cynical group of people in the wine business.