Irate constituency vs. determined lobby

The letter below was sent to The Frederick News Post to encourage individuals to ask the Maryland legislature to pass a bill that would restore the right of Marylanders to buy and ship wine from out-of-state wineries to their homes:

FrederickNewsPost.com


Irate constituency vs. determined lobby
Originally published January 16, 2010

I am writing to encourage individuals to ask the Maryland legislature to pass a bill that has been around so long it has acquired more dust than any old bottle of wine in my basement. This bill would restore the right of Marylanders to buy and ship wine from out-of-state wineries to our homes. It is a right that Maryland citizens once shared with the citizens of 37 other states. Years ago it was taken away by our legislature, acting at the behest of liquor distributors that feared the impact Internet sales would have on their business.

The only thing that can overpower the influence of a determined lobby is an irate constituency. In the end, our votes are more decisive than the incredible sums of money lobbyists spend. You may never have thought of buying a bottle of wine online, but I'm sure the thought of one your rights having been taken away by deep-pocketed lobbyists makes your blood boil. If it can happen with the right to buy wine, what's next?

I encourage everyone to visit the website of Marylanders for Better Wine and Beer Laws and learn about this issue. Their address is www.mbbwl.org.

Then sign their petition and let the Maryland legislature know, in no uncertain terms, that you want to see the rights of Maryland citizens restored. Pass the word on to your friends and other contacts as well.

Our forefathers once started a revolution over a cup of tea. Signing a petition is the very least we can do for a bottle of wine.

DAVID NIELSEN

Mount Airy

Wineries with Permits

Wineries Able to Ship to MD

Here is a link to the Comptroller's website. Search for "DW-Direct Wine Shippers Permit" under permit type.

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