Thursday, February 12, 2009

Attention Maryland and Massachusetts Consumers - Help Requested Please!

If you or you know anyone who lives in Maryland or Massachusetts, Purple Teeth Cellars can use your help. Both of these states are evaluating whether or not to ban wineries from shipping directly to consumers.

In Maryland, there will be a hearing on February 18th to consider this proposal. Maryland Senate Bill 338, if it becomes law, will expand consumer choice by allowing limited, regulated shipments of wine directly to Maryland consumers and overturning the current prohibition on these shipments. This would be a great thing for all wineries and would allow you the consumer to have the choice of buying the wines you want, not what the middlemen want you to drink. You can e-mail your MD House and Senate representative, and get verbiage by clicking on this link at Free the Grapes.

As for Massachusetts, the state Attorney General (Martha Coakley) wants to spend taxpayer money to maintain discriminatory ban on wine direct shipping. Same premise as Maryland as the government wants to inhibit choice for you, the wine consumer. On December 18, Judge Zobel enjoined the state from enforcing Sections 2, 18 and 19(F) of the Massachusetts General Law Chapter 138. Now, Attorney General Coakley intends to appeal the final decision to the 1st Circuit Court. Again you can e-mail the Ms. Coakley by clicking on this link at Free the Grapes.

Purple Teeth Cellars is all about the consumer choosing what they want to consume. Yes, the words 'consumer' and 'consume' have been deliberately included in the same sentence. To us, it is one thing if you choose not to drink our wine vs. not being able to have the option at all.

If you have any questions, please let us know by clicking on the 'Contact Us' tab. Thanks for your support and for passing this on. And don't forget to keep on flashing those PURPLE TEETH.

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posted by Jill B. @ 7:10 PM        2 Comments


2 Comments:

At February 16, 2009 at 11:06 AM , OpenID rreill1 said...

It is so great to see your passion about direct shipping! For more information about the hearing, here is a facebook "cause" page to check out...thanks for your efforts! here is the link:
http://apps.facebook.com/causes/219249

 
At February 16, 2009 at 12:08 PM , Blogger Jill said...

Thanks for that. I just joined and posted it on the profile. I hope it helps.

It's one thing if someone does not want to try our wine because they CHOOSE not to, as opposed to the CHOICE BEING MADE FOR THEM!

We also have a page on FB - Purple Teeth Cellars. Check it out along with the website and let us know what you think.

 

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