Legalizing Wine and Specialty Liquor Clubs in Rhode Island

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Currently RI state law prohibits the shipping of alcohol to residents of the state unless the alcohol was purchased on site at the manufacture’s presmises. As a result of said law, RI residents are missing out on the opportunity to participate in wine of the month club, and other specialty liquor clubs whose products are not presently sold by local distributors. RI residents are left to find alternatives to participate in said clubs, such as shipping to family and friends in neighboring states that do allow participation. I ask you please consider revising the law and keep us competitive with our neighboring states. 

R.I. Gen. Laws §3-4-8
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person in the business of selling intoxicating beverages in another state or country to ship or cause to be shipped any intoxicating beverage directly to any Rhode Island resident who does not hold a valid wholesaler license issued by the state of Rhode Island. The foregoing shall not apply to any order for intoxicating beverages personally placed by the purchaser at the manufacturer's premises, for shipment to an address in Rhode Island for non-business purpose. Any shipment of intoxicating beverages pursuant to this section shall contain the language: "Contains Alcohol, Adult Signature (over 21) Required for Delivery."

(b) Any person who violates subsection (a) of this section shall, for the first offense, be mailed a certified letter by the department ordering that person to cease and desist any shipment of intoxicating beverages to Rhode Island residents and for each subsequent offense shall be fined $1,500.



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