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Oklahoma, Help us Free the Grapes! in 2017

Update: November 28, 2016

Dear Wine Lovers of Oklahoma,

Last legislative session there were several bills that would have have allowed Oklahoma citizens, who are of age to drink alcohol, to have wine directly shipped to their homes. Unfortunately, his legislation did not become law. 

A flurry of other alcohol-related bills and resolutions were introduced in 2016 that included direct-to-consumer (DTC) wine shipping provisions, but most of these had provisions that have been proven unworkable in other states, were flagrantly anti-consumer, or imposed onerous requirements on common carriers like UPS and FedEx.  One such piece of legislation passed in 2016 and resulted in the November ballot measure #792.  On November 8, Oklahomans overwhelmingly passed measure 792. 

With the passage of 792, the new law, which will become effective October 1, 2018, contains very unworkable DTC provisions.  For example, Oklahomans wanting wine shipped directly to their house will have to obtain a permit from the Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission just to receive their wine at their home.  Plus, Oklahoma consumers will only be able to have wine shipped to their home if those wines are not already available for sale at an Oklahoma retailer. (It will not matter if that retailer is hundreds of miles away.)  And finally, the new law would have such onerous requirements for common carriers they may not even ship wine into Oklahoma at all!  This new DTC law just won’t work!

We need your help to improve the laws!

Please take 2 minutes to personalize our message, below, which will be sent automatically to your state legislators. The message is simple: encourage legislators to work on a solution in 2017.   

ACTION:

  1. Write Your Legislators: Take two minutes and personalize our message below.
  2. Forward this Message to Your Friends and Colleagues: Legislators really do listen to consumers and we need wine lovers to speak up.

Together with you, we hope to support a bill to expand consumer choice for all adult wine lovers in Oklahoma, allow them to have wine shipped directly to their homes, and free the grapes from unworkable laws.

Thank you for your support,

Free the Grapes!


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