Arizona's ban on interstate shipments of wine challenged.
Arizona's ban on interstate shipments of wine challenged: The
Washington-based Institute for Justice, a non-for-profit law firm, has
mounted a legal challenge to the law in Arizona, which prohibits direct
interstate shipments of wine. The Institute for Justice is suing the
state of Arizona in the U.S. District Court on behalf of a wine producer
in Leesburg, Virginia. "Our founders intended for America to be one
big free trade zone," said the Institute's attorney, Clint Bollick. "The conflicting maze of state regulations that limit free
commerce in wine creates precisely the balkanized market the U.S.
Constitution was written to prevent." Arizona's Wholesale Beer
and Liquor Association said the state laws regarding liquor sales allow
for the collection of state taxes and helped to enforce the legal
drinking age. It said taxes on wine purchases made by Arizona consumers
would be almost impossible to collect. As the current law stands, wine
consumers in Arizona can buy wine via the internet, mail order or
telesales but the wine must be shipped to an in-state distributor before
it can be sent to the customer. Arizona is not the only state in the
U.S. to have such laws and is also not the only state to have been
legally challenged over its legislation.