Selling Whiskey Online Could Land You In Jail

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Chuck Cowdery has a new post up at his blog about how the secondary alcohol market is mostly illegal in the United States:

Whisky Advocate Magazine devoted most of its Fall 2017 issue to whiskey collecting and whiskey collectors. It is hard to collect seriously if you can only obtain whiskey through retail channels. In virtually all forms of collecting, most acquisitions come from the secondary market, either directly from other collectors, or indirectly through dealers.

But there is a problem. While secondary sale of beverage alcohol is permitted in much of the world, in the United States, with a few small exceptions, it is not. Both state and federal law prohibit the sale of any alcoholic beverage to any person unless you have the appropriate license or licenses. Penalties vary by state. In California it is a misdemeanor, punishable by a $1,000 fine and/or up to six months in county jail.

Read the whole post here.

R Street has previously advocated for freeing up the secondary market, and we also recently covered news from Pennsylvania about a man who was arrested for selling a bottle of booze on Craigslist.