What Michigan tells us about the future of DtC wine shipping

I had the pleasure of writing a guest post at Hinman and Carmichael’s Booze Rules blog called Michigan: Canary in the DtC Coal Mine? I hope you can check it out and let me know your thoughts.

To me, the timeline that I outlined at the top of the piece was a very interesting confluence of events. The fact that Michigan got sued for a third time on DtC legislation is pretty fascinating on it’s own. However what’s really interesting to me is that the events in Michigan followed almost exactly the events that occurred shortly before in Illinois.

Illinois wholesalers had taken matters into their own hands, and then forced more involvement by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission. That was followed by much more restrictive legislation (including potential felony penalties), which led to a lawsuit against the state. Sound familiar?

So, is this a pattern? Should we expect similar events to play out in additional states? It seems like it. As we speak, Minnesota is considering similarly restrictive legislation. Wineries, retailers, third party providers, and fulfillment houses that operate in the DtC wine world should be sure to stay on top of all of these changes and step up their compliance game.

In Michigan, the legislation seemed to be enabled significantly by the “Wine Direct Shipping Research and Analysis” report out out by the Michigan wholesalers. I’d like to take a closer look at this report in a future post. Some of the methodology, assumptions, and conclusions in the report need a closer review in my opinion.

Check out the piece and let me know what you think!

 

 

 

The Dose: Michigan sued over wine shipping laws, Californians are confused about cannabis regulations

California marijuana business owners in legal fog as they await statewide rules: Californians are waiting for regulations for the new adult-use AND medical cannabis laws. Administrators are promising to be ready by Jan 1, 2018, but uncertainty abounds in the interim. Interesting quote from this article: “99.5% of California’s marketplace is either quasi-legal or illegal.”

Illinois state treasurer asks Trump for clarity on MMJ banking: State treasurers in California and Illinois put pressure on the President to clarify cannabis policies.

Denver MJ company recalls products for possible pesticides: Green Man Cannabis joins at least a dozen companies that implemented voluntary cannabis product recalls due to pesticide issues.

High-end cannabis pipe maker sues to defend trademark: Roor has filed over 200 lawsuits since 2013 to protect the trademark on its high-end bongs.

Indiana Wine Seller Disputes Michigan Shipping Ban: Michigan’s new wine shipping law, which discriminates between in-state and out-of-state retailers, gets a challenge in federal court.

Online giant Amazon will begin charging sales tax in Missouri
Amazon will collect, pay Mississippi tax on online sales
Wyoming to be taxed by Amazon
Amazon is adding 3 more states to the list of 34 where they already collect sales and use taxes. Missouri and Mississippi taxes will begin on February 1st, and Wyoming will commence on March 1st.

At Least Six States Mull Bills on Remote Sales Tax Collection: At least six, but up to TWENTY states will introduce new remote sales and use tax laws this year, putting even more pressure on Congress and the Supreme Court to clarify sales tax laws.