Liquor law face-off 2: More state law silliness
Once again, it's time to vote for the silliest liquor law in the U.S.
Despite the Wine Curmudgeon's cynicism, the three-tier system continues to astound me with its foolishness. Just when I think I've seen it all, I obviously haven't.
Which was also the case in the blog's first poll silly liquor law poll. The winner was Indiana and its ban on selling cold beer.
So, once again, a poll: Choose the silliest state liquor law from among these six. Click on the law to vote for it, or go to this link. Substack doesn’t make this as easy to do as the old site.
Voting runs through Sunday and I'll post the results on Monday. And not to worry -- even though I live in Texas, I won't make you produce three kinds of identification to vote or question whether you deserve to vote.
It's difficult to pick my favorite: How can I choose between Maryland's Robert Parker law and South Carolina's Frances Willard day? I find it past ironic that a state had to certify Parker as "an alcohol beverage writer" so he could get samples. And I know about Willard from my college days, when I lived down the street from Willard's Women's Christian Temperance Union headquarters in Evanston, Ill.
1. In Virginia, retailers must get permission from the winery to sell their products directly to consumers over the Internet, as opposed to selling them through the store. Vote
2. In Nevada, Wyoming, Louisiana, Alaska, Connecticut, Florida, West Virginia, only retailers can offer direct shipping. Wineries can't. Vote
3. In a dozen or so states, alcohol sales are banned on holidays, including Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving. Vote
4. The fourth Friday in October in South Carolina is Frances Willard Day, when public schools teach about the evils of drinking. Willard was the founder of the WCTU, one of the most powerful Prohibitionist groups in U.S. history. Vote
5. Mississippi, which is one of the two or three driest states in the country, doesn't forbid drinking while driving. It's legal to drink in the car as long as you are under the legal blood alcohol limit. Vote
6. Maryland's Robert Parker law, which requires the state to certify alcohol beverage writers so they can receive samples. Vote