On September 30, 2008 a federal district court ruled that Michigan could not prohibit residents from having wine shipped directly to them from out of state retailers while permitting shipments from in-state retailers. This was a big disappointment for the middlemen, the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association (website). They moved quickly to protect their interests.
On November 12, a bill was introduced banning the delivery of "alcoholic liquor" by retailers to consumers or businesses at any location other than the licensed premises of the retailer. By December 18, was was approved by both houses of the legislature. Two reasons for the ban are stated in the bill:
The MBWWA says they are not against direct shipments because it would hurt their business. Oh, no. It's because they are concerned for Michigan's youth. They are afraid direct shipments would make it too easy for underage drinkers to obtain wine. The MBWWA is so concerned that in 2008, they were 7th among independent PACs in the amount spent on politicians. Here are top 7:
To see where this money went, click here.
To see where the money came from, click here.
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy has had several stories on this issue.
This is the MBWWA headquarters at 332 Townsend in Lansing (2 blocks from the Capitol):