Shippers Ignoring Mississippi Ban On Mail Order Wine And Liquor

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood and Revenue Commissioner Herb Frierson are suing four mail-order wine sellers saying they illegally shipped wine and liquor into the state. Mississippi is one of a handful of states that don’t allow wine to be shipped to someone’s house. All wine and liquor is supposed to go through the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control warehouse. The ban goes against the trend of direct-shipping, and Hood says many companies appear to be ignoring it. About a third of the companies investigators ordered wine or liquor shipped alcoholic beverages into the state; one company even shipped a bottle of cognac to Frierson’s office. Hood said companies weren’t making sure buyers were older than 21 and delivery companies weren’t requiring signatures. House Bill 98 would legalize wine shipments but will die if it doesn’t advance out of committee by tomorrow. Senate Bill 2278 would let liquor stores order wine from out-of-state when the state warehouse doesn’t regularly stock them.


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