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Patchwork Problems in State Laws Hurt Online Commerce

CNET reports that Amazon has halted plans to sell wine online. The reason:  too many inconsistent state laws. Per the article:


Since the Supreme Court ruled in May 2005 that states must grant the same shipping rights to out-of-state and in-state wineries, winery-to-consumer shipping has become legal in 35 states, according to wine advocacy group Free the Grapes. But state laws governing direct wine shipping vary greatly, creating an onerous task in managing compliance.

Amazon has become a great marketplace for countless products–it’s a shame to see wine makers shut out from this market due to regulatory barriers to e-commerce.


-Braden Cox