Protectionism Upheld in Missouri

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The three-tier alcohol system often works to prevent dynamic delivery models, including shipping alcohol to consumers via mail. A court in Missouri recently dismissed a lawsuit seeking to allow out-of-state retailers to ship to Missouri consumers, citing the state's current alcohol distribution system: 

Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) today applauded a Missouri judge’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit that attempted to compel Missouri to let out-of-state retailers ship alcohol directly to Missouri residents, circumventing the state’s distribution system (Sarasota Wine Market v. Parson). The ruling reinforced the legitimacy and importance of the state’s system of beverage alcohol distribution and sale...

The ruling also noted that, 'to allow out-of-state retailers to ship directly to Missouri residents would not only burden in-state retailers, who would have to operate within the . . . system while out-of-state retailers could circumvent the Missouri regulatory system entirely, it would also violate the Twenty-first Amendment by undermining Missouri’s ‘unquestionably legitimate’ system.'"

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