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Monday, February 16, 2009

Buy wine direct - you can make a difference

Marylanders for Better Beer & Wine Laws supports the right of every 'of legal age to drink' Marylander to purchase wine direct and have wine delivered to their door. Out of 50 states, 35 states allow residents to buy wine direct (i.e. local wine shops, wineries or on line). Maryland is one of the 15 states that hasn’t allowed direct purchase.

You are invited by the Marylanders for Better Beer & Wine Laws to join them in Annapolis on this Wednesday, February 18th at 1:15 p.m. at the Maryland Senate Education Health and Enviromental Affairs Committee at the 2 West-Miller Senate Building at 11 Bladen Street in Annapolis to make yourself heard. Come and make a statement – be counted. Contact Jaime Raskin’s ( to say you want to attend also let them know if you want to speak.

If you can’t make it in person

If your schedule doesn’t let you attend you can e-mail to the letter below (copy and paste the information below into you own e-mail)


Senator Joan Carter Conway
Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee
2W Miller Senate Office Building
Annapolis, Maryland 21401-1991
Via email to:

RE: Official Testimony for SB338

Dear Senator Conway:

I am a Maryland consumer and interested in seeing passage of direct wine shipment legislation (SB338) in our state. I am shocked that we are not able to receive wine delivered directly to our door in an era when everything else can be. Given the size of the state budget deficit, I am sure you and your fellow senators are looking for additional revenue as hard as you can. So many other states are already collecting millions of dollars of additional permit fee income and tax revenue due to direct shipment in their states, and Maryland should have its fair share of that money. Passage of SB338 benefits consumers, retailers, Maryland wineries, and it will provide more tax revenue for our state. I sincerely hope that your committee will endorse this important legislation and that we can count on your support.


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