Wyoming involved in lawsuit over unlicensed wine laws


As more innovative means for selling alcohol are invented, regulators often struggle to keep up. The latest example of this phenomenon comes from Wyoming and involves an online wine sales company, as reported by US News:

The Wyoming Department of Revenue Liquor Division and an out-of-state company marketing wine through at-home tastings are in a legal battle over perceived liquor sales.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports Massachusetts-based Traveling Vineyard sells wine and accessories over the internet, but it markets those products through in-home tastings hosted by members.

Attorneys for the Wyoming Department of Revenue Liquor Division say the model violates state law since Traveling Vineyard "sells" wines in unlicensed establishments at the at-home tastings...

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Wyoming Proposes Raising Booze Prices to Generate More Revenue


According to The Sheridan Press, Wyoming lawmakers are proposing an increase in the price of booze in the state to raise more revenue:

Wyoming residents could see an increase in prices on wine and spirits beginning next summer.

The Joint Interim Revenue Committee approved a bill proposing a 3 percent increase in the maximum state profit on sales of wine and spirits earlier this month. The proposal will now be introduced when the Legislature meets Feb. 12 and needs a two-thirds approval to officially go to voting.

The 3 percent increase would raise the maximum state profit from 17.6 percent to 20.6 percent and would earn around $3 million annually for the state...

If passed, the bill would go into effect July 1, 2018. The proposal is not a direct tax on customers. Rather, it would increase the amount the state liquor division can receive from retailers when they sell wine and liquor. Of course, this would decrease profits for retailers, who may raise prices as a result.

Wyoming is one of 17 control states in the country, meaning the state has a monopoly on wholesale distribution of liquor — excluding malt beverages — and most wine..."

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